Paul Ryan will not be missed in Wash­ing­ton

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS -

Good rid­dance to House Speaker Paul Ryan (“Ryan’s GOP swept away by a Trumpian rev­o­lu­tion,” April 11). This pur­ported pol­icy wonk and deficit hawk is leav­ing us with a huge deficit. At least he has achieved one of his ma­jor goals: The uber rich will be even richer as a re­sult of the ef­forts of Mr. Ryan to de­crease their tax li­a­bil­ity.

Mr. Ryan's goal was to cre­ate a huge deficit that only a cut­back in the en­ti­tle­ment pro­grams can fix. We have been told that en­ti­tle­ment cut­backs would not im­pact those cur­rently re­ceiv­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care. These pro­posed cut­backs would only im­pact peo­ple not yet el­i­gi­ble for So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care. The next gen­er­a­tion would be left out in the cold.

Our rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Congress are charged by their con­stituents to make these vi­tal pro­grams work. It is not their job to dis­man­tle these pro­grams that most Amer­i­cans de­pend on. Mr. Ryan's lead­er­ship has been pa­thetic. In the an­nounce­ment that he won’t run again for of­fice, he con­grat­u­lated him­self with lit­tle re­gard for the truth. Mr. Ryan thinks he has achieved some­thing by cal­lously work­ing to en­rich a small por­tion of the cit­i­zenry on the backs of ev­ery­one else.

Novem­ber can­not come soon enough. We need to get our coun­try back on track. This will take a lot of hard work and will re­quire all cit­i­zens to vote. We need to re­pair the dam­age done by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Speaker Ryan and their Repub­li­can sup­port­ers. Mr. Ryan's an­nounce­ment is the best news I've heard from Wash­ing­ton in a long time.

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