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Paul Ryan Deletes Tweet Connecting Woman’s Tiny Raise to Tax Cut

Intelligencer logo Intelligencer 2/3/2018 Benjamin Hart

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House Speaker Paul Ryan deleted a tweet Saturday afternoon that had drawn immediate and widespread ridicule for advertising a woman’s $1.50-a-week raise as an impressive result of the GOP tax cut.

Though the tweet has now vanished into the ether, screenshots have been lovingly preserved.

Warehouse club fees aside, Ryan’s ill-considered boast is a reminder of how feeble the law’s benefits will be for many Americans.

Paul Ryan wearing a suit and tie: Majority Leader Paul Ryan Holds Weekly Press Conference At The Capitol © Win McNamee/Getty Images Majority Leader Paul Ryan Holds Weekly Press Conference At The Capitol

It’s true that the GOP’s tax plan, which the party labeled “reform,” gives the vast majority of Americans some kind of benefit, often more substantial than the 21 cents a day Ryan was crowing about. But the massive cuts, which cost $1.5 trillion for a party that once pretended to care about deficit spending, are enormously skewed to the wealthiest Americans and to corporations, who will see their tax rates plummet from 35 percent to 21 percent. As Twitter let Ryan know, the effort to portray his plutocratic pet project as an act of mercy for the working class is a farce.

But on Saturday, Paul Ryan proved that nobody does out of touch like the House Speaker.

And in a tweet he chose not to delete, he seemed to imply that, deep down, he kind of agrees with Pelosi.



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