GOP 2016 presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke at CPAC, saying poor, hungry kids don’t want free meals. Um, this is coming from the “party of ideas.” He asserted that liberals don’t understand that kids who get free lunches at school did not have parents who cared about them at home. Um, really? In other words, poor kids should go hungry because they are loved. This is coming from one-half of the loser GOP 2012 presidential ticket.
Paul Ryan told a story of a “young boy from a very poor family,” who received free lunches at school “from a government program.” He said, “He didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids.”"He wanted one because he know a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left doesn’t understand.”
Um, what a load of crap…..
[UPDATE]: Rep. Paul Ryan lifted his anecdote from a book. Wonkette reports that Ryan’s remarks at CPAC was strikingly similar to the premise of the book An Invisible Thread, which recounted author Laura Schroff’s meeting with an 11-year-old “homeless panhandler” named Maurice in 1986. Maurice was receiving lunches through a school program.
[H/T Talking Points Memo]