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Paul Ryan at CPAC: Poor Kids Don’t Want ‘Free Lunch’

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) used part of his time at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday to question the value of social welfare programs like food stamps and free school lunch for poor children. “What the left is offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul.” he said. “The American people want more than that.”

Ryan proceeded to tell a story he said he heard from a member of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s cabinet. It was about a young boy who got a government-provided free lunch at school every day. The boy said he “didn’t want a free lunch — he wanted he own lunch, one in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids.” Because “he knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him.”

“This is what the left does not understand,” Ryan said, connecting the boy’s story with the CBO’s projections that some people will voluntarily leave the work-force due to Obamacare. “People don’t just want a life of comfort. They want a life of dignity, a life of self-determination.”

“Let the other party be the party of personalities,” Ryan told the CPAC crowd earlier in his speech. “We will be the party of ideas.” He said he was optimistic about that prospect because “the left isn’t just out of ideas, they’re out of touch.”

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