Rep. Paul Ryan Falsely Claims 30% Of Americans “Want Welfare State”

During a little-seen 2011 speech, Republican vice-presidential contender Paul Ryan delivered his own bookend to Mitt Romney‘s devastating 47% hidden camera tape, writing off 30% of Americans who don’t want “the American Dream™,” but rather, “the welfare state.”

Rep. Ryan said: “Today, 70 percent of Americans get more benefits from the federal government in dollar value than they pay back in taxes,” Ryan said. “So you could argue that we’re already past that [moral] tipping point. The good news is survey after survey, poll after poll, still shows that we are a center-right 70-30 country. Seventy percent of Americans want the American dream. They believe in the American idea. Only 30 percent want their welfare state. What that tells us is at least half of those people who are currently in that category are there not of their wish or their will.”


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