After Congressman Paul Ryan went on Bill Bennett’s radio show and blamed poverty on “inner city” culture there was a public outcry. Most observers understood that the comment was a thinly veiled racial attack, a view bolstered by the context which included Ryan referencing Charles Murray, co-author of the extremely controversial book on racial intelligence The Bell Curve.
Paul Ryan decided he wanted to distance himself from his own remark claiming he had been “inarticulate.” But the Wall Street Journal was having none of it. In fact, they now claim Ryan said nothing wrong.
A week later, and liberals are still lining up to assail Paul Ryan’s “racism.” The episode is worth noting not because Mr. Ryan said anything wrong, but because of what it shows about the political habits of today’s elected and media left…
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. They were supposed to lift people out of poverty, but poverty has increased.
According to Paul Gigot and the Wall Street Journal it is Paul Ryan, not those of the “inner city” whom Ryan slammed as lazy, that has been vilified.
Ryan claimed “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 is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.” That’s not vilification? That there were and are “generations” of those in the minority dominated inner cities have not even thought about work?
We all understand that the Wall Street Journal editorial page is enthralled with Paul Ryan, but that affection is clearly clouding its reason. There is a lot wrong with what Ryan said, something even he now concedes. Poverty in the inner cities is not a result of laziness it is the result of a lack of wealth, not everyone could be like Paul Ryan and inherit their money.