To say Rep. Paul Ryan is fond of warning anyone who will listen that our country in in danger of becoming a “collectivist society overseen by a social-welfare state” would be an understatement. Rep. Ryan is no fan of Medicare and Social Security, a fact borne out by his proposed budget, which would slash and then privatize both Medicare and Social Security. However, what’s really curious about Rep. Ryan’s vehement opposition to Medicare and Social Security is the fact that Rep. Ryan was himself a beneficiary of the Social Security system as a teenager:
Ryan’s father died when Paul was only 16. Using the Social Security survivors benefits he received until his 18th birthday, he paid for his education at Miami University in Ohio, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science in 1992.
Two things to note: it’s certainly tragic Rep. Ryan’s father died during his teenage years (something I can certainly relate to), and I don’t begrudge him at all for taking advantage of the opportunities offered to him by the safety net that is the Social Security system. However, it certainly strikes me as odd that the very same system Rep. Ryan decries as being part of a “social-welfare state” was good enough to send him to college but yet is not meaningful enough to fix without destroying it.
H/T to the Brew City Brawler.