Lancaster woman bemused by mention in viral Paul Ryan tweet

Aaron Brown
February 5, 2018

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-WI, delivers his weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 18.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that changes in tax withholding were sparking bigger paychecks, citing as one example Julia Ketchum of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, whose check went up $1.50 a week.

House Speaker Paul Ryan really put himself in an awkward spot on social media on Saturday.

Ryan's tweet was the latest show of Republicans patting themselves on the back for the tax bill, which slashed corporate taxes. Many pointed out how little of an impact $1.50 would have on taxpayers.

It's not clear why Ryan chose to highlight Ketchum's $1.50 a week raise; the story also mentions a Florida managed care worker who saw an extra $200 in his paycheck, a pair of educators who saw an extra combined $200 in their pay, and an aerospace engineer who saw a 4 percent bump in his check. "PER WEEK. Not per day, not per hour, PER WEEK", Social justice advocate Shaun King said.

She tweeted: "Paul Ryan deleted his embarrassing tweet of a blatant admission because he and Republicans don't want you to know the truth: the #GOPTaxScam is a gift to corporate America and the top 1% at your expense".

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Twitter user Eileen Cody posted: "Excited to learn that #WithABuckFiftyAWeek I can pay off my student loan balance in 339 years. thanks for the assist".

With former President Barack Obama having been hailed for touting a $40 tax cut, House Speaker Paul Ryan should have known better to enter those sacred waters with a meager $1.50 payroll savings. "Chip in $1.50 now to help us repeal and replace Ryan permanently this November".

After the tax bill passed, billionaire industrialist Charles Koch gave Ryan nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions.

Ahead of the bill's passing, analysts warned that it would largely benefit wealthy Americans.

"Remember, if you don't think benefits like an extra $1.50 a week and free Hostess snacks are good enough, you're the one who's out of touch", he added.

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