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Paul Ryan’s Fake Community Service

Posted 10/16/2012 6:30 am by

Paul Ryan at a soup kitchen in Northern Ohio.

While campaigning in Youngstown, Ohio, Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan and his wife made a visit to the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society soup kitchen where Ryan greeted visitors and washed dishes in the kitchen.  Or so he claims.  Not only does the St. Vincent De Paul Society claim Paul Ryan had no business in their soup kitchen, they also say he did no work while he was there.  Paul Ryan is being accused of making a fake community service trip for political points.

“They showed up there and they did not have permission,” said Brian J. Antag, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society.  “They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.  He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

I’m not typically the kind of guy who’ll ascribe motives to someone else’s good deed, but looking at the picture above?  It looks to me like Ryan’s washing a clean pot, because I’ve never cooked anything at all without slopping food all over the place, and I’ve never made a gallon of soup for a brigade of hungry homeless folks.  If that pot’s been used, then it’s been used to boil water to make a garbage can of tea or something.

If you’re going to make a fake charity, at least don’t involve a real charity organization in your lie.

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