As we get closer and closer to the moment when Paul Ryan may be named veep–mere hours from now we’ll know!–this is just a reminder to everyone, especially the half of everyone who has been Pavlov-trained to worship at the feet of Randian titans of business-slash-”job creators”: Paul Ryan has not worked a single day of his adult life full-time in the private sector.
He left college, worked as a far-right pol speechwriter*, and went to work as a US Senate staffer, then returned to Wisconsin and ran for Congress. That’s his whole career.
As much as I, a public school teacher grading papers on a weekend instead of quaffing $300 wine, get slammed as a remora on the teat of the taxpayer, I fully expect the same treatment for Ryan, professional moocher.
* Note, an earlier version of this post left out his writing duties for the likes of Jack Kemp and anti-tax non-profits.