House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says he's eager to "fight poverty." It sounds nice, but the devil is in the details.
Paul Ryan is ready to move beyond last year’s failed presidential campaign and the budget committee chairmanship that has defined him to embark on an ambitious new project: Steering Republicans away from the angry, nativist inclinations of the tea party movement and toward the more inclusive vision of his mentor, the late Jack Kemp. Since February, Ryan (R-Wis.) has been quietly visiting inner-city neighborhoods with another old Kemp ally, Bob Woodson, the 76-year-old civil rights activist and anti-poverty crusader, to talk to ex-convicts and recovering addicts about the means of their salvation.
Ryan Poverty Plan1. Cut spending on the poor, cut taxes on the wealthy2. Shred safety net through block granting federal programs3. Encourage entrepreneurism, sprinkle around some vouchers and tax credits4. ???5. Poverty falls