Paul Ryan, the Republican Congressman from Wisconsin and failed Vice Presidential candidate is somehow considered by some folks as a “serious” voice on the right about budgetary numbers. However, whenever he writes or says something, actual serious people often respond with, “Wuh?”
For example, Ryan went before The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and said that liberals only offer people “a full stomach and an empty soul”. He went on to illustrate this with a little story of a “young boy from a very poor family” who received free lunches at school “from a government program.”
“He didn’t want a free lunch,” Ryan insisted. “He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids.”
“He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.”
Now, Ryan and Republicans in general want to cut free school lunches. So, I guess Ryan believes that if the boy goes hungry at lunch, somehow he will feel better about himself. Ryan apparently believes that the reason the boy in the story doesn’t get a brown bag is because his parents just don’t care. It seems that Ryan just can’t wrap his head around the scenario that his parents don’t give the boy a brown bag because they have no food. That would especially be the case now since Ryan and the Republicans have successfully kept the boy’s parents from receiving food stamps or unemployment insurance.
Ryan doesn’t explain how having an empty stomach somehow leads to a full soul. I can’t seem to find that passage in the Bible. I do remember from Sunday School, though, that Jesus was rather fond of feeding the poor.