The Reid Report   |  March 10, 2014

How Paul Ryan’s ‘brown bag’ tale fell apart

Joy Reid weighs in on Rep. Paul Ryan’s “brown bag” lunch story from CPAC and why having a full stomach doesn’t equate an empty soul.

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>>> this reminds me of a story i heard from eloise anderson. she serves in the cab get net of my buddy, governor scott walker . he met a young boy from a poor family. he would get a free lunch from a government program. she he told her he didn't want a free lunch . 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.

>> congressman paul ryan has revised that story saying he mistakenly cribbed it without fact taking from wisconsin government official who took the story from a book called "the i visible thread" and warped it. in the real story a kind woman in 1986 befriended an 11-year-old panhandler named maurice. buying him lunch at mcdonald's and then giving him a choice of giving him money or buying the lunch himself. he would rather have the lunch and specifically he would rather have it packed in a brown paper bag because that's how people know that someone cares for them. besides getting the story wrong ryan missed the moral, too. because anything to telling their story of lifelong friendship in a best-selling book and on television, laura and maurice have told it to promote the "share our strength no kid hungry" campaign, a campaign that supports free and reduced free lunches for hungry kids . here's what lucy had to say about paul ryan 's plans to slash away at the supplemental nutrition assistance snap snoen as s.n.a.p. last year. it's important to remember that half of s.n.a.p. participants are children and the program provides a critical role in making sure that even when their families face tough economic times , children are still able to get healthy food they need. s.n.a.p. is one of our nation's most effective antipoverty programs and cuts like those included in this budget proposal will leave millions of children without access to the food they need to thrive. the no kid hungry campaign estimates that more than 15 million american kids, that's one kid in five, lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table. and while 9.8 million kids receive free or reduced meals in school everyday 10.6 million go without because their parents don't know their eligible. and only one in seven kids who get free or reduced lunch during the school year get free summer lunch. you have to never have actually been hungry or be pretty heartless to think providing lunch somehow drains the souls of hungry kids or children would be asked to bear the burden of their parents economic want by going hungry as some sort of spiritual lesson. as someone who had a single mom who loved her kids and who didn't always have money i promise you that getting free summer lunch at my elementary school with my friends was great for our stomachs and our souls. and that wraps things up for "the reid report." i'll see you back here tomorrow at