White Poverty In America

Everything Paul Ryan should know about poverty in America, but was too ideological to ask.

After all, about two-thirds of the nation’s 46.5 million people living in poverty are white. The U.S. Census Bureau also informs us that the 17.7 percent poverty rate in rural areas is almost three points higher than the national average. (Poverty is highest in the South, which in 2012 was the only part of the country where it increased.)

Anything more than the truth would have seemed too weak.

Maybe Mr. Preibus will do us all the favor of reading a book.

When asked about Ryan’s comments by the host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” Candy Crowley, Priebus did not directly address whether Ryan’s comments were appropriate, but defended the congressman’s efforts in general.

“Paul said he thought it was inarticulate, but quite frankly Democrats are lying in wait as well to pounce on whatever might be off tone,” he said when asked about Ryan’s claims.

“Why was Paul even talking about this? He was talking about it because he’s devoted a large part of his life, starting back when he worked with Jack Kemp, on finding ways to tackle poverty,” Priebus added. “I commend Paul for his work that he’s doing around the country.”

Yeah, it’s working wonders.


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