Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Bad, The Vile and The YIKES!

The Bad, The Vile and The YIKES!
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Paul Ryan's brown bag lunch story wasn't entirely untrue. Just the part that mattered.

Remember how Rep. Paul Ryan was so sad about the poor boy who didn't want that nasty free government school lunch, "because he knew a kid with [lunch in] a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him"? Ryan had been told that story by Eloise Anderson, a member of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's cabinet, who supposedly "once met" this boy, who directly from his own mouth told her that story.
Yeah, about that.
It turns out, that touching story is actually from a book about a kid in New York City in the 1980s, and the lunches he was getting for free were not from the government, they were from an ad sales rep who befriended him. And this story, repeated by trustworthy Republican wonk Paul Ryan as told to him by Wisconsin cabinet member Eloise Anderson, is taken just about word for word from that book. Except for the small detail about who was paying for the lunches:

Look, Maurice, I don’t want you out there hungry on the nights I don’t see you, so this is what we can do. I can either give you some money for the week–and you’ll have to be really careful about how you spend it–or when you come over on Monday night we can go to the supermarket and I can buy all the things you like to eat and make you lunch for the week. I’ll leave it with the doormen, and you can pick it up on the way to school.”
Maurice looked at me and asked me a question.
“If you make me lunch,” he said, “will you put it in a brown paper bag?”
I didn’t really understand the question. “Do you want it in a brown paper bag?” I asked. “Or how would you prefer it?”
“Miss Laura,” he said, “I don’t want your money. I want my lunch in a brown paper bag.”
“Okay, sure. But why do you want it in a bag?”
“Because when I see kids come to school with their lunch in a paper bag, that means someone cares about them. Miss Laura, can I please have my lunch in a paper bag?”
Paul Ryan and Cliven Bundy Birds of a Feather...

If it weren't for the ignorant, there would be no GOP! thinkingblue

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