Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Ryan said Republicans offer their constituents “ideas” while Democrats offer a “full stomach and an empty soul.”

He then told an anecdote he said was relayed to him by Eloise Anderson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) Department of Children and Families secretary.

“She once met a young boy from a very poor family, and every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program,” Ryan said.

“He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids,” he continued. “He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.”


Nothing makes me feel such utter

Anomie as peanut butter

Mac and cheese or Swiss and ham

Handed out by Uncle Sam.

And I don’t know why Harry Reid

Doesn’t understand my need

To be just like every other

Kid whose lunch comes from his mother.


The government will crush our soul

Forcing us onto the dole.

Turns us into welfare-staters

Dependent on those welfare taters.


Kids do not live by tunafish

Alone, and if I had my wish,

I would just give up the cream

Of chicken soup. My self-esteem,

My dignity, Paul Ryan knows,

Can’t be bought with Sloppy Joes.

And so, until we can restore

Dignity to all third-graders

Tax breaks for the job creators,

Please sir, can I have some more?