What a vile human being Chris Matthews is. He’s just repeating the “Republicans love the rich and hate the poor” talking points, but stated a little more bluntly (via Newsbusters):
If Matthews doesn’t want people to jump on something because of the way he says it, then perhaps he shouldn’t say it that way. To suggest that Paul Ryan hates the poor, “especially”, is to admit that he is only interested in destroying Ryan’s character to defeat him. He’s not interested in reporting anything related to the truth.
But what Matthews said at the end is interesting:
And by the way, one of the weird things I notice about the conservative movement is they believe the way to get rich people to work harder is to give them more money. And the way to get poor people to work harder is to screw them a little bit.
What a numbskull! It isn’t about making rich people “work harder”. It’s about letting them have more of their money so that they can do what they do best and grow this economy! And they’ll do it by investment in their businesses which will create jobs and wealth – which will create prosperity and more government revenue. It’s a win/win for everybody!
Secondly, it’s not about “screwing” the poor. It’s about incentivizing able-bodied people to get off welfare and to support themselves, that way they don’t have to depend on the government and can improve their lot in life.
Perhaps Matthews should read a little more Benjamin Franklin:
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.“