A local reporter in Flint, Michigan pushed Paul Ryans buttons in a recent interview when brought up the subject of tax cuts when talking about gun control. The Ryan camp in return threw a hissy fit and ended the interview abruptly.
Buzzfeed reports on how the Ryan camp is spinning the abrupt finish:
Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck tells BuzzFeed: “The reporter knew he was already well over the allotted time for the interview when he decided to ask a weird question relating gun violence to tax cuts. Ryan responded as anyone would in such a strange situation. When you do nearly 200 interviews in a couple months, eventually you’re going to see a local reporter embarrass himself.”
The only thing is that the reporter’s question wasn’t stupid at all, actually it was quite a logical one. If you’re going to preach about increased law enforcement, how are you planning to pay for that.
Ryan wants to cut federal spending and let the states do their own thing, so he can claim that he is being self-consistent. The catch: just like under Reagan, the anti-tax rhetoric “trickles down” to the state level, and the states find that for political reasons they can’t raise taxes to compensate for the drop in revenue they get from the federal government.
It’s the same old scam. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. But GOP voters are too stupid to grasp that fact.
As for Paul Ryan. Once a petulant prick, always a petulant prick.