Rep. Paul Ryan is just that kind of "leader."
Upfront's Mike Gousha asked Ryan about all the polls that directly contradicted Ryan's positions on the minimum wage, extending unemployment etc. Ryan just laughed.
I purposely included Ryan's jaw dropping corporate focused agenda that exemplifies the failure of trickle down economics-it hasn't worked so far, so business needs even more help. Where in Ryan's to-do-list is there something that has to do with people directly?
But what Ryan said next...including his Freudian slip:
"It sounds simple...but if I believe this is counter productive for the very people we're trying to hurt...to help...and will hurt them by doing this, but it's politically popular, what does that say about you as a moral person...leaders have to take positions that may not be popular sometimes if they think they're doing the right thing."
It's a message Republicans haven't been shy about saying, with absolutly no blow back from the media. Scott Walker has made a run for president contingent on the Senate turning Republican, because he too wants to do the unpopular "moral" "right thing." Divided government would just get in the way.
One more thing, Ryan flip flopped on employee mobility, a benefit he liked under his reform plan:
Ryan said "Washington is making the poverty trap that much worse" by creating disincentives for people to enter the workforce and escape poverty. “The effect will be severe — as if 2.5 million people had stopped working full time by 2024. ” By choosing to stay at home or cut back their hours, low-income workers will not get on the "ladder" to economic success and will be stuck in a cycle of poverty, argued Ryan.From the Daily Kos came this interesting point:
Remember the whole kerfuffle over Ann Romney, and her choice to be a stay-at-home mom? Do you remember any Republicans saying that Mitt Romney's wealth created a "disincentive" for his wife to go out and work, and that this was somehow a bad thing? Of course not … regular people need that whole dignity of work thing.