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March 13, 2014 - 7:32 am

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is taking heat from Democratic colleagues for saying that a culture of not working exists in the inner cities.

“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, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” Ryan said on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America on Wednesday when talking about welfare-to-work requirements.

“I’m so disappointed in chairman Ryan. And I’m saying this very, very seriously. It is my hope that he really doesn’t mean what he said. It is my hope that he just doesn’t know people in the inner city,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said on MSNBC.

“You and I grew up in the central city,” he said to Al Sharpton. “I grew up extremely poor in one point in my childhood. But I never heard anybody say this is fun and I am enjoying this. Let’s try to see how we can get other people to join us. Now, most people who are in poverty are struggling every day to get out. And I think it is an insult for those people to hear what chairman Ryan said.”

Cleaver also criticized Ryan for citing Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life.

“That is the part that is so hurtful to many of us and probably to many of your viewers. Charles Murray is a pseudo-scientist who has come up with all kinds of studies that are baseless and proven to be baseless. They essentially say that African-Americans are subhuman,” the congressman continued, adding that Murray sees blacks as “genetically, less intelligent and less moral.”

“And when Chairman Ryan, rather he is a smart man, in saying that I hope he understands that he is giving fodder, he is the feeding people out there who would love to lap that up and then use that to justify their attitude and continue to push people down who are trying to get up.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) accused Ryan of “a thinly veiled racial attack” that “cannot be tolerated.”

“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.’ As someone who sits on the Budget Committee with Mr. Ryan, I know that his assertions about the racial dynamics of poverty are not only statistically inaccurate, but deeply offensive,” Lee said in a statement.

“Instead of demonizing ‘culture,’ and blaming black men for their poverty, Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America. His uninformed policy proposals continue to increase poverty, not solve it. My colleague is demonstrating a complete lack of knowledge and understanding of the issues in urban and black communities.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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If only the mainstream media brought up some of the things Margaret Sanger said about blacks whenever some liberal democratic praised her in public.
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How is this different from what the "First Black President", Willy Quick Zipper, said about ending the welfare cycle and instituting the workfare mentality?

Oh, right. Willy Quick Zipper was a Democrat. They can call blacks "clean and articulate...and don't smell too bad (except if you're married to a Kardashian)" and get away with it.

Willy Quick Zipper never got as white and racist as a Republican...until Hillary ran in a race against The Lightbringer. He got white and racist real fast then.

All is forgiven now, he's back to absolution status. But the argument is still the same.

The cycle of crime, violence and voluntary sloth in the inner cities is perpetuated by the alibis and excuses of a phantom evil that does not exist.

Asians are making mincemeat out of this phony argument that coming to this country with absolutely nothing, looking different, having a different skin color, eating exotic foods, having a heavy accent or not knowing the language well, ...equates to permanent failure and a permanent underclass...because white people hold you back and won't let you succeed.

They not only equal whites in academic success, business success, real estate ownership, housing, portfolio management, creditworthiness, and wealth accumulation, they compete for the top of the class.

Proof positive that you do not need to live in crime infested squalor, your kids don't have to become gang bangers because they have nothing else available to them, on government dependency entitlement crack.

And absolute proof that the whole scam of the maxed out race card and "blame white y" for living a life of bleak hopelessness is, in modern America...a con game, and a slander. The Big Lie.

Enough blacks and Hispanics have made it to prove it anyway. But Asians destroy the argument.

The explanation IS cultural.

The Democratic Dependency Culture has destroyed generations of blacks and Hispanics because playing the "suspect class blame game" is the ONLY thing that keeps them in office. (and the corrupt propaganda machine behind the festival of evil)

Ryan has a good heart. Anyone who says otherwise is an imbecile. These people know it and they s*ck as human beings for continuing to make political hay out of bovine excrement. You can't shame them. They are beneath contempt.
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Because speaking the truth is racist.
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I don't think Obama works regardless of where he is.
31 weeks ago
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After hearing that Ryan woke up this morning, a prominent democrat spokesperson commented, "that racist bastard."
31 weeks ago
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"for saying that a culture of not working exists in the inner cities."
Nothing generates (faux) outrage in the leftie liberal democrats quite like facts and the truth...

32 weeks ago
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"His uninformed policy proposals continue to increase poverty, not solve it. " Ryan's proposals, which have never become policy nor law, continue to increase poverty, yet decades of democrat policy and law have decreased it? If the democrat policies have proven so successful, why are we still seeking a solution to the problem of poverty? Who is really demonstrating a complete lack of knowledge?
32 weeks ago
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People stay in poverty because inertia is familiar even when uncomfortable. Behavior changes when we "...see the light or feel the heat..." The light comes from a good education, a thing made possible when local control and concerned parents decide what education best suits their children. The heat comes when all dependency payments are in exchange for manual labor.
32 weeks ago
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A quote is racist if it's a lie. If it can be factually backed up it is a statement of fact, pleasant or unpleasant. If the facts hurt, tough. If Ryan apologizes like every feckless Republican these days, I swear I will never vote for him on any ticket.
32 weeks ago
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Apparently there is nothing in the whole wild world more racist than truth. It is about the most racist thing that could ever be.
32 weeks ago
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Have a relative that worked for 20 plus years in NYC's poor urban neighborhoods. He will attest to everything Ryan said. Men that didn't work in good times and bad.
32 weeks ago
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Ryan did cite Charles Murray, someone who claims blacks are genetically inferior to other races.
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Murray never claimed that black people were inferior. He displayed statistics that they underperformed in certain tests. That's not the same.

Asians, however, outperformed whites. But feel free to (mis) interpret that as Murray saying whites are genetically inferior to Asians.
32 weeks ago
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That is not true, in The Bell Curve he argued that the differences in intelligence were due to genetic differences. That is the definition of racism.
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Not if it's true.


I doubt that it is, but we'll never know if every attempt to objectively analyze the data is dismissed as racism.

32 weeks ago
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If only the mainstream media brought up some of the things Margaret Sanger said about blacks whenever some liberal democratic praised her in public.
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There is the valid point that the dependency culture is not limited to the inner cities. Many rural areas are also affected.

But Ryan did not say it was ONLY in the inner cities, only that "especially" in the inner cities. Given the relative numbers of urban to rural welfare cases, his accent seems justified.

Of course, that would require Democrats to think mathmatically and math is their political enemy.
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