After an event in Youngstown, Ohio Paul Ryan stopped by a soup kitchen to lend a helping hand, gamely ignoring the fact that meals had already been served and the dishes already washed. The day after, some, including the kitchen's director, expressed ire at Ryan for pretending to scrub already-clean dishware for the cameras…
The president of Mahoning County's St. Vincent De Paul Society [Brian Antel] is "shocked" and "angry" that Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan used the soup kitchen for a "publicity stunt…"
The event "was a photo op," [Juanita Sherba, St. Vincent's Saturday coordinator for the dinning hall] said. "It was the phoniest piece of baloney I've ever been associated with. In hindsight, I would have never let him in the door."
Unfortunately, these well-meaning people are missing the point. Why are they discriminating against the already-clean dishes? Ryan is simply applying the logic of capital gains tax cuts for the wealthy and payroll tax increases for the poor to the realm of kitchenware. As with tax subsidies and social services to the poor, coddling the dirty dishes by washing them would only promote more grime and indolence.
Like any good supply-sider, Ryan worries about incentives. If only the dirty dishes are given attention, what will happen to the clean plates that are the key to the meal-creating process? Get off his back, people.
Tags: Ohio, Paul Ryan