It’s long been clear that congressional Republicans have become the party that ignores any sense of self-awareness, but House Speaker Paul Ryan recently made it clear with a tweet that he doesn’t understand even basic economics.
In a since-deleted tweet (see below), he praised a public high school secretary—Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s Julia Ketchum—who had reported she was making an extra $1.50 weekly. That is, an extra $78 yearly.
But as Paul Ryan tweeted:
“[That] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year.”
First off, let’s take a step back. A $78 annual raise, or $1.50 weekly, is pocket change. As the US News & World Report’s “Best Places” rankings notes, the median annual salary in Lancaster is $42,150, and the average rent $908 monthly. Median home values last year were $176,167. So, you know, $1.50 a week is going to go a long ways.
Even Ryan’s note, comparing the raise to a Costco membership, is only half true. The introductory Gold Star package at Costco is $60 annually, and provides the fewest benefits of any Costco membership. $78, however, isn’t enough to cover any of the other levels of membership.
And Twitter users were quick to respond to Ryan’s dubious math, noting that $1.50 a week isn’t really something worth bragging about it, especially compared to the corporate tax cuts.
As Nancy Pelosi tweeted,
“Paul Ryan deleted his embarrassing tweet of a blatant admission because he and Republicans don’t want you to know the truth: the #GOPTaxScam is a gift to corporate America and the top 1% at your expense.”
Paul Ryan deleted his embarrassing tweet of a blatant admission because he and Republicans don’t want you to know the truth: the #GOPTaxScam is a gift to corporate America and the top 1% at your expense.
He also doesn’t want you to know he got $500.000.00 from the Koch family. pic.twitter.com/ENXxASfAMP
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) February 3, 2018
“Wells Fargo, fresh off of defrauding millions of Americans, gets $3.4 billion.”
Jess King, running for a congressional seat in Pennsylvania’s 16th district tweeted this:
“@SpeakerRyan’s tax plan gives $3,000 a week to the top 0.1%, and gives our workers… $1.50 a week.”
But at least, as King pointed out, the Koch brothers are happy. (And news broke around the same time as Ryan’s tweet that the Koch brothers made a $500,000 donation to Ryan’s campaign funds.)
Paul Ryan, the true people’s hero…