“This is the straw man argument. The president I think said the week earlier that we have suspicions on Medicare and taking care of the elderly and feeding poor children. When he sets up these straw men, which is to affix views to his adversaries that they don’t have, to win an argument by default. It’s not really an honest debate. Here’s the point we’ve been making all along. We want to have a safety net. A safety net that’s there for the vulnerable, for the poor, for people who cannot help themselves. But we don’t want to have a culture in this country that encourages more dependency that saps and drains people of their ability to make the most of their lives.”
Good for Paul Ryan for pointing this out on national TV.
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Paul Ryan also spoke at the National Review Institute conference on Saturday night. Here is the transcript to the speech where he urged Republicans to stick together and pick their battles with Obama.