Paul Ryan defends tax breaks for the rich and gets booed at town hall
Constituents in Wisconsin are letting Rep. Paul Ryan (R) know that they aren’t happy with his plan to extend tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.
An audience at a town hall in Milton, Wisconsin booed the congressman when he tried to defend his proposal.
“The middle class is disappearing right now,” one constituent at the town hall explained. “During this time of prosperity, the top one percent was taking about ten percent of the total annual income, but yet today we are fighting to not let the tax breaks for the wealthy expire?”
“You have to lower spending. But it’s a matter of there’s nothing wrong with taxing the top because it does not trickle down,” another constituent added.
“We do tax the top,” Ryan explained as the audience booed.
“Let’s remember, most of our jobs come from successful small businesses. Two-thirds of our jobs do. You got to remember, businesses pay taxes individually. So when you raise their tax rates to 44.8 percent, which is what the president is proposing, I would just fundamentally disagree. That is going to hurt job creation.”
Watch this video from Ryan’s town hall. It was uploaded by Think Progress on April 19, 2011.