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PAUL RYAN GETS BOOED... FOR TELLING THE TRUTH

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 Here's the question to keep in mind: Right now, the top 1% of earners pay 38% of all federal income tax receipts; the top 10% pay 69% of them. How much more of a burden do liberals want them to bear? And what would be fair? 

Paul Ryan tried to explain....

 

The booing and groaning comes from Ryan’s perfectly factual argument that not only do we already tax the wealthy, we also need them to keep the rest of the money so that they can invest it in the private sector rather than the public sector. The negative response doesn’t deflect Ryan from his argument:

 

 

Still, the video here is instructive on a couple of points. As Allahpundit has repeatedly noted, we’re only going to have a serious conversation about government entitlements if the public is ready to hear some painful truths about the phony capital Washington is moving to float those programs. This audience is obviously not ready to hear those truths, and that’s not going to be an anomaly. On the positive side, it’s not stopping Paul Ryan from attempting to make clear the cliff we’re about to reach. We’ll need politicians with this kind of courage to find their voices and stand their ground over the next few months to turn this corner, but it’s not going to be easy — or pretty.

 

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