This week HuffingtonPost.com released a 2011 speech in which Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan claimed that 30% of Americans who don’t want “the American Dream,” but would rather have “their welfare state.”
Rep. Ryan made his statements at a November 2011 American Spectator event (video below). He did not cite any statistics to back up his claim.
Rep. Ryan said: “Today, 70 percent of Americans get more benefits from the federal government in dollar value than they pay back in taxes. 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.”