Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and a former GOP vice presidential nominee, is not the kind of lawmaker who likes to make headlines. But this week he landed at the center of a controversy about remarks in which he appeared to blame inner-city poverty on a lack of work ethic.
“We have 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,” he told Morning in America host Bob Bennett Wednesday morning.
Ryan also cited the work of the social scientist and American Enterprise Institute fellow Charles Murray, who believes that African-Americans are genetically inferior and less intelligent than whites. He also says that social welfare programs have failed and should be eliminated.
“We’ve got to have the courage to face that down, just like we did with welfare reform in the late 1990s,” Ryan told Bennett. “And if we succeed, we can help recitate this culture. And get people back to work, and get people back to meeting their potential.” (BET)