Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rep. Paul Ryan Receives Chilly Reception

Also today in Wisconsin...

In stark contrast to President Obama's reception at Facebook, Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) encountered boos and pointed questions at a town hall meeting in Milton, WI. Apparently many of his constituents were unhappy with his role as "the architect of the Republican budget which extends tax breaks for the wealthy and phases out Medicare."

Be sure to check out the video and write-up at ThinkProgress.



In a related story...
Did you know that Representative Ryan received Social Security benefits when he was a child? This article was referenced on the Democratic Underground site (from WPRI.org article):

"On the day Paul Davis Ryan was born in 1970, President Richard Nixon unveiled his record-setting $200.8 billion federal budget proposal for the upcoming year – a budget that included a large increase in Social Security payments.

Ryan was raised as a fifth-generation Janesville resident. His father practiced law in the same building as future U.S. Senator Russ Feingold’s father. To differentiate Young Paul from Paul Sr., Ryan was nicknamed “P.D.” People often mistook this moniker for “Petey,” which caused Paul to recoil.

One day as a 16 year old, Ryan came upon the lifeless body of his father. Paul Ryan, Sr. had died of a heart attack at age 55, leaving the Janesville Craig High School 10th grader, his three older brothers and sisters and his mother alone. It was Paul who told the family of his father’s death.

With his father’s passing, young Paul collected Social Security benefits until age 18, which he put away for college. To make ends meet, Paul’s mother returned to school to study interior design." 

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