House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) seems to think he did one very brave thing in Congress, and he wants everyone to remember it.
On Monday, just a few weeks before he leaves a 20-year stint in Congress, Ryan dropped a teaser trailer for what appears to be a documentary series on tax reform. Teasing to a Tuesday release for "Decades in the Making," Monday's minute-long video shows Ryan strutting through the halls of Congress, high-fiving factory workers, and dramatically calling tax reform "political suicide."
Ever since Ryan was elected as a 27-year-old, he's "been fighting for comprehensive tax reform to keep America competitive," Ryan wrote in a tweet accompanying the trailer. Cue footage of a young Paul Ryan lamenting how "our tax system is punishing" Americans, followed by former House Speaker John Boehner telling us Ryan was doing "good work" that most members of Congress were "really uncomfortable with."
But Ryan was strong, and pursued this dangerous political task for "decades," as the title of this docu-series boasts. A little less than two decades, to be exact. That's because in 2017, Ryan's tax reform dream came true with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It's projected to increase the federal deficit by $1.45 trillion over the next decade — a decade that presumably won't be mentioned in the full docu-series released Tuesday.
Watch the trailer for Ryan's documentary series below. Kathryn Krawczyk
From the first day I came to Congress, I’ve been fighting for comprehensive tax reform to keep America competitive. It’s a cause that has been decades in the making. pic.twitter.com/8Qo2GzadUC