How much does Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan know about what it’s like to be a member of the middle class? Uh, not much…
“I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, when I was flipping burgers at McDonald’s, when I was standing in front of that big Hobart machine washing dishes, or waiting tables, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life,” Ryan recently told a crowd at a high school in suburban Denver. “I thought to myself, I’m the American dream on the path or journey so that I can find happiness however I define it myself.”
It drew big applause.
And yet Ryan, 42, was born into one of the most prominent families in Janesville, Wis., the son of a successful attorney and the grandson of the top federal prosecutor for the western region of the state. Ryan grew up in a big Colonial house on a wooded lot, and his extended clan includes investment managers, corporate executives and owners of major construction companies.
According to OpenSecrets.org, as of 2010 Paul Ryan had a net worth somewhere between $927,100 to $3,207,000, making the Romney-Ryan Republican ticket truly a ticket of millionaires running to give tax breaks to their fellow millionaires.