Paul Ryan Proudly Tweets About School Worker Getting $1.5 Wage Hike

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Immediately critics were out to point out that Ryan doesn't seem to know that a basic Costco membership costs $60 a year and so obviously $1.50 would not make much of a difference.

Some social media users accused Ryan of being out of touch, with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom posting on Twitter that "Guess someone told Paul Ryan you shouldn't go around praising yourself for giving a working person an extra $1.50 a week - because he deleted this tweet".

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that changes in tax withholding were sparking bigger paychecks, citing as one example Julia Ketchum of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, whose check went up $1.50 a week.

The tweet was deleted within hours, probably guaranteeing it will never be forgotten, and leaving people baffled as to why Ryan thought it would make a good advertisement for the tax plan. "That adds up to $78 a year, which she said will more than cover her Costco membership for the year".

Ryan deleted the tweet after it was widely dragged.

Randy Bryce, a Democrat waging a longshot bid to unseat Ryan, used the tweet to raise money.

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The richest 1 percent, meanwhile, will earn an extra $51,000 per year, according to the Tax Policy Center. "Can we have our 1.5 TRILLION back now?" another wrote.

Former George W. Bush ethics lawyer, Richard W. Painter said that Ryan "should be ashamed of himself" for publishing the tweet.

His political opponents were also quick to criticize the post, with Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi calling the tweet "embarrassing".

"If you're going to say that $1,000 is crumbs, you live in a different world than I'm living in", Vice President Mike Pence said.

Ryan included a link to an AP Business News story reporting that workers across the country had begun to notice larger paychecks thanks to the tax overhaul.

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