Republican House Leader Thinks $1.50-a-Week Increase is Just Fine for Workers

Rebublican House Speaker Paul Ryan took to Twitter this week to boast that a school employee’s $1.50-a-week raise proves the Republican tax law is delivering pay increases for working Americans.

On Saturday (February 3), Ryan tweeted: “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.”

As you’d expect (but Ryan didn’t), the angry responses “broke the Internet” before he deleted his tweet hours later. Social-media users reminded Ryan that the super-rich are getting supersized tax cuts, while working Americans are being shortchanged.

  • The school secretary’s raise adds up to $78-a-year. That’s enough to afford a $60 Costco Gold card but not a $120 Gold Star Executive membership.
  • In the meantime, as a thank you for their massive tax cut, right-wing, billionaire mega-donors Koch Brothers gave Ryan $500,000 in campaign donations right after the House passed the tax bill. They’re getting tax cuts of at least $1 billion each this year—enough to buy themselves a Congress full of Paul Ryans.