Letter: An Irish lawmaker ought to know better

By Ann Bechiom

The Daily Advance

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The things Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, a practicing Irish American Catholic, says about black and brown people in our inner cities, once were said about Irish Catholic immigrants back in the 1840s.

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Where is Ann's letter about this comment?

“When it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can’t be bothered. They’re sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they’re fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper,”

Dem said it not Repub

Ann won't say anything about the comment because it was actually said by Michelle Obama.


Sparatus - What a well researched, well presented comment! Congratulations on an extraordinary piece of writing! Well done! Bill Hiemer

I usually allow Ms Bechiom to slide

Out of respect for her family and knowing that she enjoys being provocative, however this time she has crossed the line into dishonesty, distortion of the facts, and race hustling. Her action here is truly despicable.

Ann... you're slipping up.

Ann... you're slipping up. You didn't mention that Paul Ryan is a Republican. Read this article. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rothman-the-lefts-laughable-effort-to-label-paul-ryan-racist-crumbles/ quoting from the article. The effort by partisan Democrats to label Ryan’s perfectly legitimate comments racist is, in part, a Pavlovian response lingering from a deeply divisive 2012 reelection campaign. That inauspicious period featured no shortage of liberals accusing Republicans of racism for offenses ranging from having a Republican National Convention in August, during hurricane season, to even challenging President Barack Obama for the presidency. But as ludicrous as those examples are, the attacks on Paul Ryan are equally baseless. As columnists have noted in recent days, the problem of persistent poverty in America’s urban environments, and the opportunity deficit many young minorities struggle to overcome, is an issue the president addressed just last month to bipartisan acclaim. “We know young black men are twice as likely as young white men to be ‘disconnected’—not in school, not working. We’ve got to reconnect them,” Obama said in February announcing the My Brother’s Keeper program. “We’ve got to give more of these young men access to mentors. We’ve got to continue to encourage responsible fatherhood. We’ve got to provide more pathways to apply to college or find a job. We can keep them from falling through the cracks.” Even The Daily Beast’s Jamelle Bouie, one of the many columnists who insisted that Republicans carry historical “baggage” which impedes their ability to talk about poverty issues, acknowledged that Obama’s was “the latest in a line of programs that are aimed at impoverished, urban areas. This is not the first time Obama has addressed chronic poverty in America’s inner cities. Writing in POLITICO Magazine this week, National Review editor Rich Lowry compiled a series of quotes showing how often the president has addressed the issues of poverty and opportunity in “troubled neighborhoods.” “When Barack Obama says such things, which are undeniably correct, he is a brave truth-teller; when Paul Ryan says them, he is making an odious play for racist votes,” Lowry observed. But the campaign against Ryan, the Wall Street Journal editorial board suggests, is more far-reaching than just an effort to tar one man. “The attacks on Mr. Ryan are one more example of the politics of personal vilification that typifies the left these days. Its policies were supposed to reduce inequality, but instead the income gap is widening,” an editorial in the Journal on Friday read. “Liberals have to smear conservatives personally because they know they’re losing on the merits.” The Democratic pitch to impoverished voters, and increasingly to minority voters, is almost entirely absent substance. As this episode has shown, the last arrows in the progressive quiver are aimed at shutting Republicans up when they talk about poverty and convincing Democratic constituencies that they are secretly loathed by the other side. Perhaps Paul Ryan was “inarticulate,” but he wasn’t wrong. The high decibel outrage from the left over this incident is an indication of where progressives are the most vulnerable.

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