Ryan Celebrates School Secretary's '$1.50 A Week' Paycheck Increase From Tax Bill

05 February, 2018, 06:46 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Paul Ryan deletes tax bill tweet after being dragged for not understanding math

A Costco membership, the Gold Star package-the tier which provides the least benefits- costs $60 a year, which is presumably what Ketchum's $78 annual raise can cover.

Ryan's account was quoting directly from a news report that highlighted wage increases taking effect for many Americans as a result of the tax bill, including a secretary in a high school who touted an extra $1.50 in her paycheck per week she said would "more than cover her Costco membership for the year".

People on Twitter, including democratic lawmakers and their teams, quickly responded, noting that $1.50 a week-an extra $6 a month-isn't something to brag about.

House Speaker Paul Ryan retweeted an article published by AP News about how the GOP tax cuts are reportedly delivering bigger paychecks to workers across the country. In fact, most Americans depend on their paychecks to get them through the immediate days and can not access adequate social services - something that is available in other equally developed countries.

While it's true that the bill is stingy for people at the very bottom of the pay scale and showers money on those at the top, it does include substantial savings for millions of workers in the middle class.

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Former George W. Bush ethics lawyer, Richard W. Painter said that Ryan "should be ashamed of himself" for publishing the tweet.

Ryan's office was not immediately available to comment over the weekend. Rep. Eric Swalwell added: "If you're only getting $1.50 a week from the #GOPTaxScam, it's not working for you", and writer Shaun King also weighed in, writing sarcastically: "Wow!"

Signed into law last December, the tax bill has been repeatedly touted by Republican lawmakers and President Trump as crucial legislation meant to help US workers.

To put that in the context of the story Ryan shared, Costco paid $1.3 billion in taxes on 3.7 billion in earnings two years ago.

All of which is to say that even if Ryan's tweet was only up for a few hours, jokes aside, it could end up haunting Republicans in the November election.

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