Thursday, January 24, 2013

Now Paul Ryan says he never meant Social Security and Medicare recipients were "takers." Liar!

Paul Ryan got the full Daily Show treatment, after Ryan attempted to disassociate himself from the "takers" comment relating to Social Security and Medicare. He can't do it.
Mother Jones: Here's how he used it in a 2011 interview with conservative Star Parker [emphasis added]:

Right now, according to the Tax Foundation, between 60 and 70 percent of Americans get more benefits from the government than they pay back in taxes. So, we're getting towards a society where we have a net majority of takers versus makers.

The Tax Foundation study that Ryan is referring to includes government benefits "from all sources," including Medicare, Social Security, and even national defense. This covers many benefits that go beyond actual checks—the Tax Foundation study derives its "60 to 70 percent" figure in part by assigning Pentagon spending as a "benefit" to each American family proportional to that family's income.

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