Home National Politics Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Calls Americans Lazy, Morally Bankrupt

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Calls Americans Lazy, Morally Bankrupt


Rep. Paul RyanRick Perry’s been leading GOP’s false attacks on President Obama with a made-up story that Obama called Americans lazy. So why aren’t Perry & friends attacking Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, who actually did say Americans are lazy?

Part of it is the culture of people just having no work ethic…. Moral relativism has done so much damage to the bottom end of this country, the bottom fifth has been damaged by the culture of moral relativism more than by anything else, I would argue. If you ask me what the biggest problem in America is, I’m not going to tell you debt, deficits, statistics, economics – I’ll tell you it’s moral relativism.

As Steve Benen details, it’s not just Rep. Ryan – Mitt Romney, Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA) have all expressed similar complaints that the economy would pick up if unemployed Americans weren’t so lazy. It’s no wonder Republicans are trying to shift the conversation to President Obama with false attacks. I mean, do you really think they want to talk about the GOP’s record after nearly a year of controlling the House – 319 days and still not a single jobs bill?

UPDATE by Lowell: Mitt Romney says, “We have been accustomed to being the world’s leading nation for so long, enjoying the freedom, security, and prosperity that comes with that leadership, that we have tended to avoid the hard work that overcoming challenges requires.”

  • protestors should “get a job” and also “take a bath.” In other words, Newt’s calling a lot of Americans lazy AND dirty!

  • NotJohnSMosby

    Once again, Republicans need to work on their “secret code”.  As a Republican working the polls said to me 2 weeks ago “it’s all the lazy takers that’s screwing up the country”.  He then proceeded to rant about “blacks and Mexicans” for about 5 minutes.  

    Wasn’t it just the other day that a couple Republicans said that President Obama was lazy?  I guess that fits into their worldview that all the problems in the world are caused by lazy “takers”, who somehow seem to be mostly minorities.

    So to sum it up, white, conservative, christian whites, they’re all hard workers and are “givers”.  Everyone else is lazy and a “taker”.  Oh, and for the record, poor white trash, they’re not lazy, they just “need a hand”.  Poor blacks in the projects or poor hispanics in the barrio, they’re definitely lazy “takers”