Paul Ryan booed at his own town hall

The Republican legislator's own constituents send him a very simple message: Tax the rich!

By Andrew Leonard
April 21, 2011 8:11PM (UTC)
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FILE - In this April 5, 2011 photo, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. touts his 2012 federal budget during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans are backing the cuts to Medicare called for in the 2012 budget proposed by Ryan. Those cuts account for a significant share of the $5.8 trillion Ryan claims his budget will save over the next decade. The House is expected to vote on Ryan’s 2012 budget blueprint this week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP)

Every Democratic legislator needs to sit down and watch the video of Paul Ryan appearing at a town hall meeting in Wisconsin on Wednesday. A constituent lays out the problem of growing concentration of wealth in the top 1 percent of the U.S. population, and then questions the wisdom of continuing to give tax breaks to the wealthy.

He is applauded by the audience.

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Ryan, in response, attacks the notion that wealth should be redistributed, and says "we do tax the top."

He is booed, heartily.

The message could not be any clearer. The people -- arch-conservative Paul Ryan's people!-- have spoken. Tax. The. Rich.




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