Paul Ryan hits it out of the park with speech on War on Poverty; Less government, more charity

Yes, it is. Rep. Paul Ryan gave a speech on poverty and class in Cleveland, Ohio, yesterday.

And, boy, did he hit it out of the park. The first clue? The lefty freak-outs like these.

Precious. They are still bitterly clinging to Dish-gate nonsense. That’s all they have. They can’t argue with Ryan’s points, of course.

We do deserve better. And we’ll get it on November 6. Happy warriors on Twitter, who know that freedom is always better than government shackles that only serve to keep people down, loved the speech.

The Weekly Standard has a key quote from the epic speech. Paul Ryan spoke about the power of personal charity with individual examples. He spoke about a compassionate and giving man, Brian Wade, and the good work that he and his wife do.

“This good man, and others like him, are witnesses,” he said. “And the needy people who have encountered them feel a presence greater than just one compassionate soul. What’s really at work here is the spirit of the Lord, and there is no end to the good that it can inspire. Government can’t replace that.”

That’s right. Individuals and personal charity have done, and always will do, far more good than the government ever can. Individuals enrich others in ways that bureaucracies never can. Individuals lift up, they don’t shackle and enslave like government dependence does.

More from The Heritage Foundation:

In his speech today at Cleveland State University, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) laid out a vision for reforming the nation’s approach to poverty.

“With few exceptions, government’s approach has been to spend lots of money on centralized, bureaucratic, top-down anti-poverty programs,” Ryan stated. “The mindset behind this approach is that a nation should measure compassion by the size of the federal government and how much it spends.” This has “created and perpetuated a debilitating culture of dependency, wrecking families and communities.”

He’s right. Since the “War on Poverty” began five decades ago, the federal government has spent nearly $20 trillion (adjusted for inflation) on what is now a welfare system consisting of over 80 programs. Total annual spending is now approaching $1 trillion. See our newly updated chart: (continues below chart).

Preach it! Exactly right. Be sure to check out the chart, as well. And watch the speech; it truly is a must-see. Fox has the transcript:

Watch the amazing speech here:

True leadership, indeed.

 

  • Elaine

    Hey, Obama loves POOR people so much he’s creating MORE of them every day! I love Paul Ryan and Romney made a great decision, once again.

  • http://twitter.com/Booker_TW Booker T.

    Wherever you stand politically, all I can say is that Jack Kemp would be proud. I really hope that this election goes well.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Yeah, speak the truth, Ryan!

  • Paul C.

    R&R 2012 is a great team and their intelligence is what we need now.

  • GEORGE_W_TUSH

    Ryan and Romney want to essentially destroy the safety net, then let’s see them out there working and trying to live as those they excoriate, and see if they can do any better.

    I have a hard time understanding why candidates who have such utter contempt for the poor, even the WORKING poor, can get this close to the highest offices in the land.

    Like the rich man (in the famous parable in the Gospels) they would abandon the Lazaruses of our society to their fate

    Me thinks that Paul “Eddie Munster”
    Ryan will start campaigning harder to keep his Congressional seat. Call it ESP

    • orringtonmom (D)

      your assertion that romney and ryan have contempt for the poor/working poor is unfounded. evidence points to the contrary. while romney is rich, he has indeed done plenty to ease the suffering of a lot of people through much generosity that has been testified to over and over. the problem that you have, i assume, is that he gives his own money away, not everyone else’s.

    • fuskiegirl21

      30% higher welfare numbers under BO we know who is spreading poverty.

      • GEORGE_W_TUSH

        Mitt’s solution take money from the poor, give it to the rich. ROMNEY HOOD & and LYIN RYAN

        • http://www.facebook.com/matt.robinson.75 Matt Robinson

          robin hood took from the rich and gave to the poor. the lesser known and publicized story is that the “rich” he took from, was an oppressive government. much like the one that will result from four more years of Obama. So, yes. Romney Hood. And by the way….spending a bunch of money on welfare programs that are designed to keep the poor on the dole so they can be relied on to vote liberal like good little sheep. the left doesnt care about the poor, only about their votes when they need them every 2, 4, or 6 years. the biggest lie in american politics is that liberals actually care about the poor. conservatives want to lift people up to be able to provide great lifes for themselves and their families, and not by the government, but by hard work and drive. and liberals want to keep printing money and stamps, which promotes no form of social longing for improvement, simply stagnance. that is a LOSING model. weve seen what increased reliance on government does in the last four years. it cant keep happening, for the sake of Americas impoverished. You guys really need to drop the narrative that republicans hate, the poor, grandma, blacks, hispanics, lgbt, etc. its not true. you wanna talk racism? look at the real origins in american politics. the party of jim crow and the KKK is NOT the republicans….its your so admirable left. remember, Lincoln was a republican.

        • http://www.facebook.com/matt.robinson.75 Matt Robinson

          “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
          ― Alexis de TocquevilleTushy: The voters have discovered they can vote themselves money every 2,4, and 6 years. That is a dangerous and frightening ideology. and no, not the part about the poor getting money, class-baiter, but the end product of this kind of conduct. the destruction of the republic and constitution, and reflexively, the greatest nation on earth.

        • TundraThunder

          The last time I saw so much trolling (by G-W-Tush) was when someone yelled “The big walleye in the middle of the lake are biting “.

          • GaryTheBrave

            Post Of The Day to Tundra Thunder!

    • NCRelite

      the safety net shouldn’t be a hammock
      BTW the poor aren’t morally superior and the rich morally inferior. you’ve got a lot to learn. Turn off the Daily Show and go get a job in the real world

  • pcimarron

    Now compare attitudes, ideas, Ryan talking about the important issues, Obama resorting to insults (bullsh-t-r)…

  • GEORGE_W_TUSH

    Paul Eddie Munster Ryan has strong, unbreakable beliefs: Like the poor have it too good and billionaires just need a break

  • Adela Wagner

    I heard a woman caller on Rush about a month ago say…Ok, if Republicans are for the rich and Democrats are for the poor, then Republicans are going to help the rich get richer so the rich will keep voting for the Republicans right? So doesn’t this mean that the Democrats will have to help keep the poor…poor so they will keep getting their votes?….she was an older black woman, and she blew my mind. R&R2012!!

  • Adela Wagner

    I heard a woman caller on Rush about a month ago say…Ok, if Republicans are for the rich and Democrats are for the poor, then Republicans are going to help the rich get richer so the rich will keep voting for the Republicans right? So doesn’t this mean that the Democrats will have to help keep the poor…poor so they will keep getting their votes?….she was an older black woman, and she blew my mind. R&R2012!!