Paul Ryan leaves a harmful legacy

April 15, 2018 GMT

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will leave Congress next year with a harmful legacy.

Hi legacy includes acquiesce to President Donald Trump’s un-presidential conduct. His legacy includes unrelenting attacks on Medicare and Social Security. His legacy includes pushing unfair tax legislation that he and congressional Republicans ushered through Congress in December

Ryan made a surprise announcement on Wednesday that he will not run for re-election and that he’s leaving to spend more time with his teenage children.

His reasons for leaving could be accepted at face value, while noting that many political experts believes that the actual reason he is leaving is because Democrats are expected to dominate congressional midterm elections in November.

As House Speaker, Ryan failed to speak out forcefully against Trump’s reckless and divisive rhetoric and his chaotic presidency.

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Ryan linked himself to Trump and declines to give a strong defense of the rule of law.

Ryan has not sent Trump clear message that any attempt by the president to quash the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is an attack on the rule of law. The House speaker has not given his support behind legislation to protect Mueller.

The House speaker pushed through a tax bill that benefited the rich and major corporations with large and permanent tax cuts while giving smaller temporary tax cuts to the middle class.

He posed as fiscal conservative but consistently supported tax cuts that increased the deficit.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Republican tax bill Ryan pushed last year will result in a federal deficit of $1.5 trillion in 2020.

He presented himself as a conservative who cared about poverty but vehemently opposed many policies proven to reduce poverty including

popular programs like Medicare and Social Security, which proposed privatization.

Ryan cultivated a false image as a hero to average Americans when in fact he serves the interest of the powerful and the wealthy.