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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Paul Ryan's St. Vincent de Paul Moment - Washing Clean Dishes

"Go to the poor: you will find God." - St Vincent de Paul


"Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance." - St Vincent de Paul

Paul Ryan Scrubs Already Washed Soup-Kitchen Pots Because That’s How Much He Cares?

This photo op goes beyond a lack of judgement. It shows extraordinary insensitivity to the poor.

While Congressman Paul Ryan campaigned to become our nation's Vice-President, he set himself up for failing a St. Vincent de Paul moment. St. Vincent de Paul would give Congressman Ryan this advice:  "Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance." - St Vincent de Paul. 


In other words, don't use the poor for photo ops.  If Ryan cares, he must not propose cuts to poverty assistance. Poor people who rely on St. Vincent de Paul services desperately need the help of programs Ryan proposes to cut.

Congressman Paul Ryan took advantage of a photo opportunity rather than sincerely demonstrating how he wants to help people who need the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio.  Did Congressman Ryan even ask how many people use the soup kitchen and why they need it?

When Congressman Ryan saw clean pots, he should have asked if he could speak with any of the clients who might be working in the Soup Kitchen. Instead, he faked a photo op, cleaning pots that didn't need washing. 

He should have done anything, rather than be witnessed in a photograph pretending to wash pots, just to deceive people into believing he and his wife care about needy people who rely on St. Vincent de Paul food services. 

Ryan should have spoken with the St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director about how cuts to food assistance programs have negatively impacted on the St. Vincent de Paul centers and services around the nation.

Rather than wash clean dishes for a camera, Ryan needs to remember one of St. Vincent de Paul's most famous quotes:

"The Poor Have Much to Teach Us"

Did Congressman Ryan ask any questions beyond washing clean pots and creating a St. Vincent de Paul embarrassing moment?

"The poor are your masters. You are the servant." - St Vincent de Paul  
http://www.vinnies.org.au/st-vincent-quotes-nsw

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