Politics

Paul Ryan Blames Poverty On Generations Of Inner City Men Who Don’t Value Work (Audio)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told a radio show Wednesday that his upcoming welfare reform proposals will focus on “generations of men” in the “inner cities in particular” who don’t even think of working.

Ryan released a 204-page report last week claiming anti-poverty programs over the last 50 years are making poverty increase.

"A boy has to see a man working, doesn’t he?” asked Bill Bennett, host of "Morning In America."

“Absolutely,” Ryan agreed.

Ryan then noted the writing of Charles Murray, a conservative social scientist who believes African Americans are genetically inclined to be less intelligent than white people and says poverty is booming because “a lot of people are born lazy.”

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there's a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” Ryan said.

He posits that the community has to get involved in charity and poverty groups because the government isn’t doing it.

“[W]e want people to reach their potential, and so the dignity of work is very valuable and important, and we have to re-emphasize work and reform our welfare programs, like we did in 1996,” he said.

Ryan has said that fewer people are on welfare since welfare reform was passed in 1996 but failed to mention that poverty has risen since the recession, according to ThinkProgress. The number of families living on less than $12,000 a year is higher now than in 1996.

Sources: ThinkProgress, Crooks and Liars