[h/t John Aravosis]
This is a great mashup of Paul Ryan fearmongering to his fans and paymasters. By far the best line is the one he repeats everywhere, which goes like this:
“Right now about 60 percent of the American people get more benefits in dollar value from the federal government than they pay back in taxes,” Ryan said. “So we’re going to a majority of takers versus makers in America and that will be tough to come back from that. They’ll be dependent on the government for their livelihoods [rather] than themselves.”
This isn't a surprise to anyone who has ever had to listen to Paul Ryan bloviate about his imagined "crises" with regard to the debt and his endless need to try and spark intergenerational wars over Medicare and Social Security. But in light of Mitt Romney's Etch-a-Sketching of his "47 percent" remarks yesterday, it seems relevant to highlight, because that's all it is.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan sincerely believe that people who pay into social insurance for their entire lives and expect to receive the benefit of that compact when eligible are "takers." I wonder if he includes all the zillionaires out there who receive Social Security benefits as "takers," since there is no distinction between those who pay in as rich people and those who pay in as middle class or poor people, after all. Are they takers?