Paul Ryan Running Scared: Charges Voters Fee to Ask Questions, Skips Town Halls

Author: August 16, 2011 1:26 pm

Image from the Associated Press.

Is Rep. Paul Ryan really looking to make a buck off his constituents? In yet another Republican stunt that proves the GOP only cares about people with money, Ryan is charging a fee akin to a “poll tax” for the right to speak with him.

Politico reports:

“It will cost $15 to ask Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a question in person during the August congressional recess. The House Budget Committee chairman isn’t holding any face-to-face open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess, but like several of his colleagues he will speak only for residents willing to open their wallets.”

Why is Ryan, author of the “Kill Medicare” budget, running scared? He’s being met with the voice of Middle America, which is booing, protesting and even forming angry mobs. Watch video from Ryan’s last round of disastrous town halls:

And another one:

At yet another meeting, Ryan had to leave with a police escort after his car was surrounded. Ryan told WTMJ radio about that incident:

“There were just definitely some loud hecklers who came that gave the police a little concern. I left in another car with the police. My car, some people did surround.”

Ryan was also chased out of a speech in June by a bible-wielding protestor demanding to know why his politics ran against the Christian ideal of economic justice (TPM report).

The fury will only continue. The anti-middle class agenda of Congressional Republicans and their Tea Party captains are causing GOP disapproval numbers to soar. The populace is waking up to the harsh reality of enacting strict entitlement, social services, and environmental protection cuts in order to amass more wealth within the ranks of the top 1 percent.

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  • Wise up, people. Ryan has every right to get paid $15 an entry at an OFFICIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT. He needs to raise campaign cash just like all candidates. After all, your guy, Mr. I’m-Killing-America-Obama, charged $35,000 a PLATE at a fundraiser in Chicago, and charged something like $40,000 for ONE entry into a fundraiser held in our White House. And has just come off of a “Campaign-Bus-Tour-That-Is-Not-Really-A-Campaign-Tour” where he raised lots of money while we paid for the trip. And he toured on 2 buses, purchased from a CANADIAN company, to the tune of 1.1 million dollars EACH. What’s Your Guy’s favorite mantra? “I am going to focus on creating jobs.” Yeah, sure. That’s why his administration purchased his wheels from a Canadian Co. And no, it’s not an American company with a division in Canada. You really need to get your facts straight before you shoot from the hip – or is it shooting from your mouth?

    • Liberal Lamp Post

      Mrs. Right Wing –

      The point is not that he’s fundraising — although at a measly $15 a plate you could hardly call it a fundraiser. The point is that he’s retreated from having contact with his constituents and put up the wall around him of having to buy tickets to confront him about his Kill Medicare budget. He’s a coward and he’s not acting at the behest of his constituents.

      Do you know what shoot from the hip means? It means to speak brusquely, but in a frank and honest way. Yeah, I own that.

  • It’s sad that it’s come to this, and I’m glad some voters are waking up to the corporate owned Republicans.

    The problem is two-fold: the Democrats are also most corporate owned and in the future, Republicans will avoid these town hall meetings and let their unlimited corporate money buy the elections for them.

    Tex Shelters

  • This is the reason why the tea party is no different then the gop, both use vague idiotic political and economic perspectives in order to try to gain the most votes from average voters. Reganomics or trickle down is welfare for the rich and corporations but the right-tea party isnt even aware they support a welfare state for the rich. Taxes and services like SS and Medicare are misrepresented by Ryan totally. Another typical right wing move. We pay then get services. Thats not socialism…

  • How interesting that the Left is willing to use violence, intimidation, and rudeness against those with whom they disagree. I wonder how it would work if the Tea Party surrounded Nancy Pelosi’s car and threatened enough violence to require a police escort?

    • Liberal Lamp Post

      What’s sad is that the populace is being driven to this point by the n’er do wells on the right.

      If Ryan represented the constituents that elected him – and listened to them instead of appearing at pay-only events – demonstrations wouldn’t be necessary.

      This rage was born out of necessity.

      And the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

    • Violence, like shooting a Congress Woman’s office, and other Democrats’ offices? Like threatening Tea Party violence before the 2010 elections. What a hypocrite.

      Who says these people are “on the left” anyway. Only ignorant, stereotyping people such as yourself.

      Pathetic. And where’s the guns? Those “leftist” are amateurs not bring guns to the rally. So, they shouting at him. Boo hoo. He’s lucky that’s the “violence” he met from constituents after all the economic violence Ryan has brought on his constituents.

      Tex Shelters

  • Xavier Lopez Jr.

    Now, this is what we actually mean when we use the term “Grassroots.”

    The Dick Army was never anything but the “Monkees” of political unrest.

  • A public official, elected by the people, charging constituents to see him and/or ask a question. Asshats! I’m sorry, but they get paid 174k a year to sit, listen and represent all the people of their district. He and any other representative who does that should be immediately removed from office.

  • No, @Beverly – it’s all TOO believable. Remember, Ryan’s a follower of the amphetamine addict Ayn Rand, who believes that your purpose in life is to make money: Greed Is Good! So Ryan went into public office not to serve his people, but to make money.

  • Beverly S. Hill


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