US House speaker Paul Ryan got completely roasted on Twitter after he dared to boast that the new GOP tax plan allowed a Pennsylvania high school secretary to earn an extra $1.50 a week.
On the weekend, Ryan shared an Associated Press article which reported Americans are starting to notice slightly larger paychecks thanks to the Republican tax overhaul.
For many, the paltry income increases are nothing but outrageously disrespectful crumbs, while for most Republicans, it’s a telltale sign of how successful their tax plan is.
AP touched on various cases in the article, including that of a Florida resident who received $200 more in his last paycheck. AP reports that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin estimates 90 per cent of workers will see more take-home pay while the Tax Policy Center says households will receive an average tax cut of $930.
Although pleased by his 4 per cent paycheck bump, aerospace engineer Jefferey Snively told AP he thinks the tax overhaul is not a significant boost to workers as it will be to corporations and the wealthy.
“I think the people this bill made the most difference for are the ones who needed it least,” he said.
From all the instances highlighted in the report, Ryan wanted to showcase the case of a Pennsylvania high school secretary who was going to see her weekly paycheck increase a whopping $1.50.
Yeah, thanks to the GOP, this lucky worker will earn a hefty $78 extra a year. Surely one could go mad with all those newly found resources.
“A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week she said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year,” Ryan tweeted.
Of course, the Internet pounced on the blunder and roasted Ryan in every way possible, even creating the hashtag, #WithABuckFiftyAWeek.
“How much is her health insurance u muppet,” Tweeted one user.
“Baskin-Robbins has scoops of ice cream on sale. Every American now can get an extra scoop of ice cream a week! Thank you Paul Ryan!” replied another.
The Republican candidate received so much backlash he ultimately was forced to delete the Tweet.