GOP Rep. Paul Ryan shouldn’t back down from his honest opinions on inner city young men living in a “don’t even think about working” culture. The House Budget Committee Chairman and Romney running mate should double-down by acknowledging the culture in rural areas also.
I like Ryan because he was a congressional staffer during my Hill days but if we ever bumped into each other, it would have been at his part-time job waiting tables at Tortilla Coast next to Bullfeathers. He was a high level staffer yet he served nachos and pitchers to interns and receptionists. That’s the mentality that built America. Of course, some of the people who built this great nation did so in bondage and the Congressional Black Caucus considers themselves to be guardians of that heritage.
So, Ryan is meeting with the CBC next week and that’s non-sense to me. The CBC should be making that important observation about the jobless culture before Ryan. Oh, but a change is coming. There is a new segment of CBC members and these new folks have budgets and fairness on their minds more than the old “we are suffering” crowd.
This blog is pleased to rollout a year-long theme/effort called “Changing Mindsets.” An overview can be found on the tab on the top of this page. Ryan’s comments are consistent with our contention that many of the problems facing struggling people start outside the range of governmental responsibility and the elected officials should say that.
An old, well-used Chinese proverb states “it’s better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.” Well, it’s better to start this important conversation involving all sides than to continue on the wrong path.