In continuing with the Republican tradition of pulling the ladder up after you’ve climbed it, current Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and failed Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has attached qualifiers that would make the average American envious to his impending ascendance to Speaker of the House. In addition to increased job security (the rumored elimination of the use of the “motion to vacate the chair“), getting those whiners in the “Freedom Caucus” who want to turn America into a dystopia to preemptively fall in line with his leadership, the demand that stings Americans the most is the demand that we all find most reasonable, paid family leave.
What gall coming from a man wanting to spend time with his three pre-teen children. Doesn’t he know his caucus believes getting paid while not working to be anti-capitalist at best, and downright socialist at worst? There’s a reason the United States is the only developed nation with no guaranteed paid family leave policy, and that reason is… Paul Ryan and the Republicans in Congress have prevented it from happening.
By now expecting the Republican “do as I say, not as I do” behavior to raise an eyebrow, let alone elicit a response, can seem like asking for a bit much. But surely, the man who proposed multiple budgets that would have destroyed programs that middle and lower class Americans depend on demanding PAID leave when so many can’t even afford to take time off to care for a sick child is hypocrisy of the highest order and deserves to be called out as such.