Paul Ryan’s epic speech on War on Poverty; Less government, more charity!/jpodhoretz/status/261182204258947072

Yes, it is. Rep. Paul Ryan gave a speech on poverty and class in Cleveland, Ohio, yesterday.

Paul Ryan gives a speech on civil society in Cleveland, OH #decision2012

— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) October 24, 2012

Shot from the podium before @paulryanvp addresses Upward Mobility and the Economy #RomneyRyan2012

— Romney Road Team (@RomneyRoadTeam) October 24, 2012

And, boy, did he hit it out of the park. The first clue? The lefty freak-outs like these.

RT @mzyun: While washing clean pans? RT @otoolefan: RT @postpolitics: Paul Ryan to talk about poverty

— Don Millard (@OTOOLEFAN) October 24, 2012

You mean his plans for spreading it? RT @7im: Paul Ryan’s giving a poverty speech tomorrow

— emptywheel (@emptywheel) October 23, 2012

Precious. They are still bitterly clinging to Dish-gate nonsense. That’s all they have. They can’t argue with Ryan’s points, of course.

[email protected]paulryanvp: We believe that Americans are better off in a dynamic, free-enterprise-based economy #RomneyRyan2012

— Romney Road Team (@RomneyRoadTeam) October 24, 2012

“In this war on Poverty, Poverty’s winning.” – Paul Ryan

— Matt Dawson (@SaintRPh) October 25, 2012

[email protected]paulryanvp: In this war on poverty, poverty is winning. We deserve better #RomneyRyan2012

— Romney Road Team (@RomneyRoadTeam) October 24, 2012

We do deserve better. And we’ll get it on November 6. Happy warriors on Twitter, who know that freedom is always better than government shackles that only serve to keep people down, loved the speech.

Paul Ryan right now: Mitt and I believe in true compassion & upward mobility … offering…real reforms 4 lifting people out of poverty.

— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) October 24, 2012

When you have 30 mins. watch this speech: Paul Ryan on Poverty and the Economy @cspanvl

— Sharon Broadie (@SBroadie) October 25, 2012

Romney Ryan. On poverty in America: We believe in true compassion and upward mobility. Real…

— Anne Leary (@backyardconserv) October 24, 2012

GayPatriot » In Cleveland, Ryan articulates optimistic* vision of upward mobility…

— Illiberal EmptyChair (@Illiberalality) October 25, 2012

Ryan on Poverty in America: ‘We Deserve Better’: Rep. Paul Ryan of WisconsinCleveland“In this war on poverty, p…

— weeklystandard (@weeklystandard) October 24, 2012

The Weekly Standard has a key quote from the epic speech. Paul Ryan spoke about the power of personal charity with individual examples. He spoke about a compassionate and giving man, Brian Wade, and the good work that he and his wife do.

“This good man, and others like him, are witnesses,” he said. “And the needy people who have encountered them feel a presence greater than just one compassionate soul. What’s really at work here is the spirit of the Lord, and there is no end to the good that it can inspire. Government can’t replace that.”

That’s right. Individuals and personal charity have done, and always will do, far more good than the government ever can. Individuals enrich others in ways that bureaucracies never can. Individuals lift up, they don’t shackle and enslave like government dependence does.

CHART: @reppaulryan Lays Out a Vision for Reforming #Welfare, Fighting Poverty

— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) October 25, 2012

More from The Heritage Foundation:

In his speech today at Cleveland State University, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) laid out a vision for reforming the nation’s approach to poverty.

“With few exceptions, government’s approach has been to spend lots of money on centralized, bureaucratic, top-down anti-poverty programs,” Ryan stated. “The mindset behind this approach is that a nation should measure compassion by the size of the federal government and how much it spends.” This has “created and perpetuated a debilitating culture of dependency, wrecking families and communities.”

He’s right. Since the “War on Poverty” began five decades ago, the federal government has spent nearly $20 trillion (adjusted for inflation) on what is now a welfare system consisting of over 80 programs. Total annual spending is now approaching $1 trillion. See our newly updated chart: (continues below chart).

Preach it! Exactly right. Be sure to check out the chart, as well. And watch the speech; it truly is a must-see. Fox has the transcript:

WATCH: Paul Ryan Delivers Chilling Speech – ‘In This War on Poverty, Poverty is Winning’…

— Fox Nation (@foxnation) October 24, 2012

Watch the amazing speech here:

Paul Ryan gives major poverty speech: “In this war on poverty, poverty is winning. We deserve better”

— Right Scoop (@trscoop) October 24, 2012

An amazingly powerful speech; this is true leadership! Most Americans have made up there minds & things are…

— WVTEA (@sandy4409) October 25, 2012

True leadership, indeed.


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