Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is facing increasing anger from his own constituents over his budget plan to privatize Medicare and lower taxes on the wealthy. On Tuesday, hundreds of people had to be turned away from a town hall meeting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, because the room was already at capacity. At another public meeting last week, Ryan was repeatedly booed by his constituents.
Rep. Paul Ryan: “We do tax the top. [booing] Let’s remember, let’s remember, let’s remember, most of our jobs come from successful small businesses, two-thirds of our jobs. [booing] You’ve got to remember, these businesses pay taxes as individuals, so when you raise their tax rate to a 44.8 percent rate — what the President is proposing — I would just fundamentally disagree. That is going to hurt job creation.”
Other Republican lawmakers are facing their own heated town hall meetings as they defend their budget plans. The Orlando Sentinel reports a town hall meeting held by Congressman Dan Webster of Florida “degenerated into bedlam” on Tuesday, with members of the crowd shouting down the freshman Republican congressman and yelling at one another.