Paul Ryan: “It is not our job to just put gas on the fire”
The political discourse increasing during a Presidential campaign is normal, but the new leader of the US House is calling for National comprehension. People with opposing political views, Ryan added, aren’t “enemies” or “traitors,” they’re often friends and members of one’s own family. The 46-year-old speaker gave a personal example, pointing to the way he used to talk about poverty.
“There was a time when I would talk about a difference between ‘makers’ and ‘takers’ in our country, referring to people who accepted government benefits,” he said. But focusing much of his free time on meeting with poor people and their advocates, Ryan realized he was wrong. “’Takers’ wasn’t how to refer to a single mom stuck in a poverty trap, just trying to take care of her Family, he said” He has met many young men whose spent their lives in long prison terms for nonviolent crimes and mandatory minimum sentencing. He is working on criminal justice reform, an issue that has support in the House and Senate.