Paul Ryan In 2011: 30% Want A “Welfare State,” 70% Want The American Dream
At a dinner for the American Spectator in 2011, Paul Ryan insulted only 30% of Americans, 17% fewer than did Mitt Romney.
“Seventy percent of Americans want the American dream. They believe in the American idea. Only 30 percent want the welfare state,” Ryan said. “Before too long, we could become a society where the net majority of Americans are takers, not makers.” (It’s not definitively clear whether Ryan said “the welfare state” or “their welfare state.” HuffPost originally transcribed it as “their welfare state.” Regardless, the comment was made in reference to people on government assistance.)