Thursday, April 21, 2011

Have Some Boos

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) got a little resistance to his budget plan in his own backyard when he hosted a town hall in Milton, Wisconsin.

During a town hall meeting in Milton, a constituent who described himself as a “lifelong conservative” asked Ryan about the effects of growing income inequality in our nation. The constituent noted that huge income disparities contributed to the Great Depression and the Great Recession, and thus wanted to know why the congressman was “fighting to not let the tax breaks for the wealthy expire.”

Ryan argued against “redistribut[ing]” in this manner. After the constituent noted that “there’s nothing wrong with taxing the top because it does not trickle down,” Ryan argued that “we do tax the top.” This response earned a chorus of boos from constituents.

It’s pretty obvious that the country is beginning to get tired of hearing about how cutting taxes for the rich folks is good for the economy, especially since the last two times we’ve done it — under both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush — it had the opposite effect.