Paul Ryan Laments Inner-City Culture Of Not Working

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Paul Ryan Laments Inner-City Culture Of Not Working

By Arthur Delaney | The Huffington Post

paul-ryan-handsWASHINGTON — Some inner city men suffer from a culture that does not value hard work, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Wednesday.

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work,” the Wisconsin Republican said on Bill Bennett’s“Morning in America” radio show. “There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) called Ryan’s remark “deeply offensive.”

“My colleague Congressman Ryan’s comments about ‘inner city’ poverty are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated,” Lee said in an email to reporters. “Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.'”


During his radio interview, Ryan cited a Harvard study finding that youth from lower-class backgrounds tended to be more isolated from society and civil institutions. Ryan’s office noted that the study’s authors themselves emphasized that their work focused on class and not race. (The study controlled for a variety of factors, including “urbanicity,” suggesting an “inner city” environment predicted less about young people’s civic engagement than their class background.)

Ryan’s comment was prompted by a question from Bennett about the “fatherless problem” and young people needing to see their parents working to understand the value of work. Ryan went on to say people should get involved in inner cities.

“If you’re driving from the suburb to the sports arena downtown by these blighted neighborhoods, you can’t just say, ‘I’m paying my taxes, government’s got to fix that.’ You need to get involved,” Ryan said. “You need to get involved yourself, whether through a good mentor program, or some religious charity, whatever it is to make a difference. And that’s how we help resuscitate our culture.”

Ryan himself spent some time last year visiting cities and talking to ex-convicts “about the means of their salvation,” the Washington Post reported in November.

The former GOP vice presidential candidate will soon unveil a budget proposal that would likely overhaul federal safety net programs for poor people while saving money for the federal government, one of his longstanding goals. Ryan has said programs like food stamps and Medicaid “trap” people in poverty because earning higher income through work means less eligibility for benefits. Ryan said last week that liberal poverty policies give people “a full stomach and an empty soul.”

Though poverty has long been concentrated in urban areas, for the past decade it’s been rising faster in the suburbs.

4 Comments on “Paul Ryan Laments Inner-City Culture Of Not Working”

  1. Kevin Baloue

    I don’t need a Harvard Study to tell me there is a MAJOR problem in the Inner Cities/Black Community. i live in Chicago on the southside in the Roseland community. I can just look around and see young men in our communities lacking basic skills to “make it” in general society. They are direct products of a culture of corruption in the inner cities in America created by Greedy Liberals who have been “running” the innercities for the better part of the last 40. Our public schools are cranking out dummies as fast as they can, and I say it’s on purpose (You cannot screw-up simple things like math, science, reading, writing by mistake!) The teachers unions are too busy promoting the Gay agenda to be interested in the students they pretend to care about, whilst they continue to amass power through it’s monopoly on public funding of these horrific indoctrination camps called Public School. I could go on and on but you get my point. Paul Ryan is sounding an alarm that has been sounded and ignored for many or years now. He is not a racist for doing so. Shelia Jackson Lee is one of the reasons the social problems exist in the balck communites. And for that She and other progressive liberals deserve that “I’m a big dope” award.

  2. MrsJW

    The truth is offensive! Rep. Lee is foolish to think that Rep. Ryan’s statement singled-out one group in particular or was racially motivated. The bottom line is that everyone is waiting on someone else to do the work/provide something for them instead of working to provide it for themselves i.e. welfare, wic, etc. I know and have seen people waiting around each month for a check instead of looking for work or going to college to obtain better employment. These same people are wasting the resources on hair, nails, cellphone bills, etc. the guys resort to selling drugs or thugging it out trying to get rich but killing others in the interim. I know because I’ve seen it first hand. Go down any street in Chicago and you’ll see exactly what I’m discussing. It’s a sad state but it’s very true what he said.

    1. TCB

      MrsJW,

      Totally agree! The truth is offensive, and I really didn’t know how offensive it was until I started listening to Pastor Lewis. If I was I in church I would say “tell it like it is.”

      Thanks MrsJW

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