Published: Wed, February 07, 2018

Paul Ryan Celebrates a Public School Secretary's $1.50 Weekly Raise

Paul Ryan Celebrates a Public School Secretary's $1.50 Weekly Raise

The tweet, which was deleted but stored on an online public database of politicians' deleted tweets, has been met with howls of outrage online.

Never mind all the Democrats who call the GOP's tax bill a deficit-busting giveaway to the rich; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has been enthusiastically promoting it as a middle-class tax windfall.

To prove his point, Ryan highlighted a section of the story that read, "Julia Ketchum, a Pennsylvania high school secretary, saw her paycheck increase $78 a year - enough to cover the cost of her yearly Costco membership".

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in January that the Treasury Department estimated 90 percent of wage earners would see an increase in take home pay as a result of the withholding changes, the report noted.

Ryan also posted a quote from a man the AP said "got an extra $200 in his paycheck last week, which he said will help offset a $300 increase in the cost of his health insurance". Ryan Democratic opponent, Randy Bryce, responded to Ryan's tweet while promoting a new fund-raising opportunity.


"$1.50 is $1.50 - I noticed it, I watch my finances and I noticed it - so it didn't go down, so that was good", Ketchum said. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota linked to Ryan's tweet and wrote "Wells Fargo, fresh off of defrauding millions of Americans, gets $3.4 billion".

Former George W. Bush ethics lawyer, Richard W. Painter said that Ryan "should be ashamed of himself" for publishing the tweet. "That's what they really think".

Ahead of the bill's passing, analysts warned that it would largely benefit wealthy Americans. But yesterday's tweet by House Speaker Paul Ryan is a never witnessed before thing.

"Paul Ryan deleted his embarrassing tweet of a blatant admission because he and Republicans don't want you to know the truth: the #GOPTaxScam is a gift to corporate America and the top 1% at your expense", she said.

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