In my latest column for Salon, I examine the life of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan — whose own story of success doesn’t quite match up to his anti-government politics:
When Paul Ryan took to the stage in Mooresville, North Carolina, as Mitt Romney’s running mate, he attacked President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remark about the role of government in supporting private innovation. But while Republicans have been clamoring to make this election a false dichotomy between the private sector and the public sector, Paul Ryan — heir to a private fortune made by building public highways — is a gaping pothole in that plan. Paul Ryan is a living, breathing GOP example of how public infrastructure and private entrepreneurship work hand-in-hand.
Want to know about how Ryan’s family got rich off government contracts? Read the full piece here. And please use the buttons on Salon’s page to spread the story around.
UPDATE: My piece got a nice mention in a Mediaite story here.
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