'Phony Baloney' Ryan Photo-Op Irks Charity Chief
Campaign 'ramrodded their way' into closed soup kitchen
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2012 2:28 AM CDT
Paul Ryan and his wife Janna wash pots at the St. Vincent De Paul dinning hall in Youngstown, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – Paul Ryan and campaign staffers "ramrodded their way" into a soup kitchen for a photo-op long after the patrons had left and staff had cleaned up, complains the chief of an Ohio charity. "We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations," the head of Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society tells the Washington Post. "It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors."

The charity chief says he wouldn't have let Obama or Biden use the dining hall for a photo-op either, but Ryan's appearance was especially annoying because the VP candidate wants to cut the small amount of federal funding the facility receives. "That is a little two-faced to say the least," he says. "I cannot have the appearance that we are endorsing the Republicans by letting them use our facility for photo-ops and publicity stunts." The volunteer who let Ryan and his staffers in says the event "was the phoniest piece of baloney I’ve ever been associated with." But contrary to some reports, the pots Ryan was pictured washing were actually dirty, because a Ryan aide had asked for some dirty ones to be set aside for him to clean, she tells the Youngstown Vindicator,

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MichaelBenesch
Oct 17, 2012 3:38 PM CDT
WOW! Paul (R)yan washing dishes in a soup kithcen. I'd vote for him but it's Wednesday and I volunteer 5 days a week in our local soup kitchen every other week so I'm busy.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 16, 2012 8:45 PM CDT
I know each city is different but in my town, Republicans gave the hundreds of millions for most charities to exist and have soup kitchens. The biggest relief center is a hotel for battered women that was constructed with millions from one of the richest Republican families in my state. We are right now building a new Salvation Army citadel with food kitchen, clothing center, rehab center, men's and women's dorms, and pantry. It will be built with a 5-million dollar donation from Larry Nichols, the CEO of Devon Energy, a Republican. Many of the other charities in town have benefited from Republican donations. But that will come to an end under Obama. He said he's ending most charitable deductions. So what is a charitable deduction. Well its a tax dodge. So lets say you owe $10 M in taxes. So the gov says you can give $5M to charity and take the 5M in deductions. So Obama says that's at tax dodge. So he says, no more deductions like that. So what happens, does the person just pay the $10M to the feds and go on? Not exactly. First of all the $5M in donation to the charity will stop. So charities across the nation will see a literal stop of all donations. Obama said the company can still have a deduction if they invest in the company to make it possible to hire more employees. So what will many companies do? Will they build a new factory wing so they can hire 200 more workers? No. They will remodel the boardrooms, executive LOOs, apartments, and break rooms. The bean analyzers will make it look like company improvements but there will be no net increases in employees. Better to let the charities have the money.
Motherchucker
Oct 16, 2012 5:17 PM CDT
Probably the first dish Romney has ever picked up. He's looking at it like its a foreign object. Quick, for god's sake, outsource the dish washing, he'll say. Logic of Republicans: We'll shut the place down, so they won't have to deal with dirty dishes anymore. Good thing there weren't any empty chairs back there!