Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Twitter feed is almost completely removed from the rest of Twitter today. He has not once mentioned his support of Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) memo release, although he was intimately involved in approving it. He also did not repeat his statement in support of the FBI and Deputy Attorney General.
Instead, he’s an outlier. Focused not on the Nunes memo fiasco, but on the effects of the recently passed tax reform bill, Ryan’s feed reflects his priorities.
Touted as a “middle class tax cut”, the recent legislation pushed by congressional Republicans and signed by President Trump is in reality most beneficial to top earners.
The tax cut slashed the corporate tax rate to 21 percent (from 35 percent). This cut is permanent. Individual rates were also lowered temporarily, until 2025. According to analysis:
‘Among individuals, it would help higher-income families the most. The Tax Foundation said those in the 95-99 percent range would receive a 2.2 percent increase in after-tax income. Those in the 20-80 percent income range would receive a 1.7 percent increase.’
How many Americans will this help?
‘The increase in the standard deduction would benefit 6 million taxpayers. That’s 47.5 percent of all tax filers, according to Evercore ISI. But for many income brackets, that won’t offset lost deductions.’
But looking only at Paul Ryan’s Twitter feed, you might think that this tax plan was created especially to help the working class.
In the weeks since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became law, hundreds of businesses across the country have rewarded employees with bonuses, pay raises, and other benefits. And this is just the beginning. https://t.co/bg6dGgspMX
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) February 2, 2018
— Rep. Paul Mitchell (@RepPaulMitchell) February 1, 2018
In a quickly-deleted tweet, Ryan tried to further the impression that this tax cut was developed mainly for the working class:
Twitter was not in the mood for this.
Paul Ryan deleted this tweet, so he doesn't want you to see it. Please, whatever you do, do not retweet this. pic.twitter.com/27c8sbl8rH
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) February 3, 2018
Charles, a Koch brother in Wichita, said he was pleasantly surprised that his pay went up $26,923,076 a week… he said [that] will more than cover the cost of buying several more Paul Ryans. pic.twitter.com/pyNYDtTUGw
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan deleted this tweet. I think I know why (and why we may see it in a Democratic attack ad)… pic.twitter.com/4Kg2QMlofE
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan doesn't want you to see this deleted tweet where he said that the GOP's trillion dollar plus giveaway to the rich is justified because a secretary got a buck fifty a week out of the deal. pic.twitter.com/7gtoyCB0wh
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan posted this tweet earlier today, bragging about a teacher receiving $1.50 a week extra after GOP tax plan. He then DELETED it!@SpeakerRyan clearly doesn't want people to see this.
Wouldn't it be a crying shame if everyone on Twitter RETWEETED it? pic.twitter.com/o9TOVzEagn
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) February 3, 2018
I was pleasantly surprised to have an extra 75 cents on my paycheck per week so I can use that money to donate to Randy Bryce’s campaign to absolutely demolish Paul Ryan.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan deleted his embarrassing tweet of a blatant admission because he and Republicans don’t want you to know the truth: the #GOPTaxScam is a gift to corporate America and the top 1% at your expense.
He also doesn’t want you to know he got $500.000.00 from the Koch family. pic.twitter.com/ENXxASfAMP
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) February 3, 2018
nobody steps on a rake quite like Paul Ryan
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) February 3, 2018
Here’s the tone-deaf, disgusting tweet Paul Ryan posted today and then deleted when he realized how bad it was. https://t.co/BxLzhLsFOy
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan deleted this tweet celebrating that a woman got a $75.00 raise (for the entire year) out of the tax bill when his friends in the GOP got multi-million dollar raises. Ryan himself was paid $500,000 by the Koch brothers the day after the #TaxScam passed. pic.twitter.com/9UInV4wOkP
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan is proud of the way
His bill has an impact on pay.
The richest get billions
And lower-class millions
As much as a quarter a day.
— Limericking (@Limericking) February 3, 2018
After deleting this tweet, we hope Paul Ryan deletes himself from Congress. pic.twitter.com/lkVxzumwri
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) February 3, 2018
Guess someone told Paul Ryan you shouldn’t go around praising yourself for giving a working person an extra $1.50 a week — because he deleted this tweet. pic.twitter.com/JmrYpqvJhv
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan & Mitch McConnell think that for $1.50/week, they can buy your silence as they sell out your future to big corporations and the wealthiest 1%.
They’re the ones who get the lions’ share of the GOP’s $1.5T tax bill, which explodes the deficit & destroys the safety net. pic.twitter.com/y6JVky4uQr
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) February 3, 2018
Paul ‘Bystander’ Ryan just deleted this tweet. I presume it was because of how many people found it insulting considering his $500k kick back from the Koch Brothers. It’s just another reason why Wisconsin needs @IronStache to take his seat. pic.twitter.com/vD3jP8ODeT
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) February 3, 2018
The GOP just passed a tax bill transferring $1.5 TRILLION in wealth from the middle class to billionaires.
And Paul Ryan brags that somebody’s pay went up $1.50…. per WEEK… pic.twitter.com/H6o3EOoWEB
— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan is gonna post How TO Eat Like A King For Pennies A Day
— ContemplativeBaller 🍋 (@ByYourLogic) February 3, 2018
Lol why would Paul Ryan delete such a relatable and not at all insulting post pic.twitter.com/JJiqPTqSOl
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) February 3, 2018
For posterity, here is the Speaker of the House, self-anointed Policy Wonk Extraordinaire, and Guy Who Never Realized Ayn Rand is a Fraud Like Everyone Else Does After Turning 16, Paul Ryan, trying to make you think GOP tax reform helps people because they make $1.50 extra a week pic.twitter.com/6hyFTzOMSH
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 3, 2018
“Paul Ryan threw a couple of dollar bills into a crowd of 100 single moms and told us to ‘fight for it, you peasants,’ but at least he’s thinking about us!” pic.twitter.com/WvNEvvdjte
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan’s morning on Twitter pic.twitter.com/dF9yNUypPm
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 3, 2018
To be clear, this is the difference Paul Ryan says the tax break for billionaires will make in the daily life of the average American. pic.twitter.com/ZjbSowQqY0
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 3, 2018
Paul Ryan congratulated himself for giving a secretary a $75 tax cut. By my calculations, he gave himself a $19,000 tax cut. 1/ pic.twitter.com/XBknTiuUcB
— Seth Hanlon (@SethHanlon) February 3, 2018
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