Paul Ryan deletes 'embarrassing' $1.50 pay rise tweet after ridicule

Paul Ryan deletes 'embarrassing' $1.50 pay rise tweet after ridicule

Kerry Wise
February 5, 2018

"A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pat went up $1.50 a week...she said (that) will more than cover her Costco membership for the year", was what Ryan had written. After being slammed on social media, the Wisconsin Republican apparently figured out the amount isn't exactly something to write home about - let alone highlight as a major feature of a $1.5 trillion tax cut. But yesterday's tweet by House Speaker Paul Ryan is a never witnessed before thing.

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

Ryan's tweet, now deleted, told of a secretary featured in an Associated Press report who was "pleasantly surprised" by the marginal pay rise, drawing condemnation from critics who accused the politician of being out of touch with lower-income Americans.

"Paul Ryan is patting himself on the back because one school teacher in Pennsylvania has an extra $1.50 to spend each week", he tweeted.

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Vox's Matt Yglesias pointed out that Julia's pay boost of $78 per year, multiplied by 125 workers in America, is $9.75 billion a year. A spokesperson for Ryan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The tweet was attached to a link to Bryce's campaign where people can donate $1.50 towards his faceoff against Ryan this November.

The imbroglio came days after his Democratic counterpart, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, was criticized for likening companies' $1,000 employee bonuses to "crumbs". The image of Ryan boasting over a woman's paycheck increasing by a dollar and a half each week―in order to pay for a membership to get her into a big warehouse store full of other goods she'd need more money to buy―gives off more of an Oliver Twist impression than one of compassionate governance.

"I think the people this bill made the most difference for are the ones who needed it least", he said.