Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-1st) has agreed to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to explain his "inarticulate" comments regarding inner-city poverty that some say suggest that he thinks black Americans are lazy and prefer not to work.
Ryan found himself in hot water last week after appearing on William Bennett's "Morning in America" radio show, during which he made what the CBC considers "highly offensive" remarks. Ryan received a letter from fellow Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-4th) and CBC Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-11th) inviting him to meet with the CBC to discuss ways of ending poverty.
Ending poverty permanently is impossible, and we all know it. But that doesn't mean that as a nation we shouldn't make an effort to reduce it to the greatest degree possible. But you don't reduce poverty by importing more of it, and both Mr. Ryan and the CBC are enthusiastic supporters of doing just that.
For more than a year Mr. Ryan has been carrying water for his party's illegal alien amnesty advocates even though the unemployment rate in his district, especially among blacks, is abysmal. The CBC, on the other hand, has remained silent for years while our immigration policy has pushed the very people they say they represent back to the back of the economic, political and social bus.
The CBC's betrayal of black Americans is made painfully clear by looking at NumbersUSA's congressional "report cards" that track voting on immigration legislation: None of 43 members of this caucus can boast a grade higher than a "D." Even more disturbing is that nearly all of them are cosponsors of the House amnesty bill that is a carbon copy of the Senate bill passed in June.
Should this legislation become law, not only would nearly 12 million illegal aliens immediately be given work permits, but our annual legal immigration levels would double to 2 million people. In the end, this bill would mean the addition of 33 million foreign workers in just 10 years, most of them with little education and few skills, to the nation's poverty-wracked urban areas.
If Mr. Ryan has any explaining to do, it should begin with why he and the GOP are supporting the Democrats' all-out war against American workers at all skill levels. As for the equally duplicitous CBC, its members have a long way to go before their hands are clean enough to accuse others of marginalizing black Americans. The CBC's phony outrage over Ryan's comments reminds us once again that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.