Santa tells Ryan he’ll get ‘coal’ if he keeps tax cuts for the wealthy

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:36 EDT
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Santa Clause confronts Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.
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In a short bit of tax reform activism, a new liberal activist group calling itself “The Action” sends Santa Clause to confront Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Capitol Hill, telling him he’s got a lump of coal coming this Christmas if he doesn’t shape up.

“I just want to give you a head’s up,” Santa tells Ryan in the video. “Two weeks. You’ve got coal on the list, my friend.”

Ryan didn’t seem interested in talking. “I have people waiting for me in my office. I gotta get going. Sorry.”

The group, a loose coalition of liberal activists and organizations working to end the Bush tax cuts for America’s wealthy, hasn’t been around for long but they’ve already got a host of events going on around the country, all in hopes of pressuring Congress to save the tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans.

It’s not clear whether Santa will be haunting any other Republican lawmakers this Christmas, but chances are Ryan won’t forget the odd encounter any time soon.

This video was published to YouTube on December 12, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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