In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) did and said all the right things.
He made it pretty clear that he was completely on board with President Donald Trump’s agenda. Ryan even made it sounds as if he would be leading the fight in the House to insure the agenda advanced through without issue.
Optimism was high among Trump supporters, as it looked like there was finally some hope for real progress in the nation’s capital.
Somewhere along the way, Ryan’s desire to lead the charge went by the wayside. Exactly what caused that to happen is open to speculation, but he’s clearly not playing the role that he said he would.
Breitbart passes along the details on the latest example of that.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) apparently wants struggling working-class Americans to stay poor, saying he is opposed to President Donald Trump’s proposed immigration cuts.
Trump, along with Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA), this week introduced the RAISE Act, a largely merit-based immigration program that aims to protect U.S. taxpayers and American workers by reducing legal immigration and putting upward pressure on wages.
There’s nothing wrong with a difference of opinion when it comes to political issues – even when it happens in the same party.
In a perfect world, that difference of opinion will be settled behind closed doors as opposed to through the press.
It doesn’t look like Ryan has any interest in perfect world scenarios.
“I just think arbitrary cuts to legal immigration don’t take into effect the economy’s needs as the boomers are retiring,” Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Friday afternoon. “With baby boomers leaving the workforce, we’re still going to have labor shortages in certain areas and that is where a well-reformed legal immigration system should be able to make up the difference.”
Breitbart News’ John Carney’s analysis determined that the bill, which would cut “legal immigration into the United States by half and grant entry based on education, the ability to speak English, and jobs skills,” would actually make working-class Americans wealthier because “the gross domestic product per U.S. resident would grow.”
Some are not too happy with Ryan over this about-face:
While there’s no official word on why Ryan felt the need to voice his concerns to the press, we have a theory.
During the presidential campaign, Ryan did a full-on Jekyll and Hyde routine when it came to Trump. If things were going well in the campaign, Ryan was on board and a strong advocate of Trump.
When bumps in the road were hit, Ryan was maneuvering behind the scenes and distancing himself from Trump as quickly as he could.
It’s not a reach to suggest the same thing is going on here. From the high of the election to the pomp and circumstance of Inauguration Day, Ryan was all smiles while offering up his unwavering support of Trump.
Can we say the same thing now that Trump is constantly dealing with incoming from the DC establishment and the press?
No, we can not. Ryan continues to expose himself as a politician that’s out to serve his own interests while marching to the beat of the really loud drummer in the swamp that Trump so desperately wants to drain.