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Paul Ryan Holds Tightly to His White Male Privilege

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan is best known for crafting draconian budgets that hurt the poor.

In a stunning display of hypocrisy and white male privilege, Congressman Paul Ryan said that if he gets the nod for Speaker of the US House, he wants to make sure he can preserve family time with his wife and three young children, who live in Wisconsin.

You’re sounding a bit entitled, Mr. Ryan; after all Congressional representatives work only a handful of days per year– compared to the rest of us.

Ryan has not been a friend to families and the working poor. As head of the House Budget Committee under soon-to-be-former Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ryan became infamous for multiple draconian budgets that cut programs for the poor and proposed making Medicare into a voucher program to screw future generations out of their Social Security benefits. He’s also voted against paid leave which would enable employees to care for sick children and voted against childcare subsidies for the poor.

It’s commendable that Ryan wants to spend more time with his wife and kids, but I think he should be afforded the same family time privilege as his constituents. I suggest that Ryan get in touch with his voters and work three part time jobs for minimum wage and leave his kids alone with TV dinners and video games, while his wife cleans house to make ends meet.

For more on this, check out: Paul Ryan, Opponent of Paid Family Leave, Demands Congress Respect His Need for Family Time


This entry was posted on October 21, 2015 by in Austerity, Congress, equality, Sexism, War on Poverty, War on Women and tagged , .

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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