Last weekend, Paul Ryan demonstrated his compassion for the poor by rolling up his sleeves in an Ohio soup kitchen and faking a photo op. The VP candidate waltzed into a Cleveland-area facility well after everyone had eaten and left, and washed some pans that may or may not have already been cleaned while reporters took pictures. In addition to widespread mockery, Ryan's half-assed attempt to simulate concern for poor people for 15 minutes drew the ire of the food bank's President, Brian J. Antal, who told the Washington Post that Ryan's slimy political theater might jeopardize donations to the food bank. “We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” he said. " ... we "can’t afford to lose funding from these private individuals.” As it turns out, the privilege of being Ryan's background scenery has already taken a toll on the care facility. Antal told the Huffington Post that many donors have fled, leading to a substantial loss of funds. "It appears to be a substantial amount," Antal told the Huffington Post. "You can rest assured there has been a substantial backlash." On top of all that, deranged conservatives have been harassing volunteers, Antal claims:
Ryan supporters have now targeted Antal and his soup kitchen, Antal said, including making hundreds of angry phone calls. Some members of Antal's volunteer staff have had to endure the barrage as well, he said. "The sad part is a lot of [the callers] want to hide behind anonymity," he said, adding that if someone leaves their name and number he has tried to return their call.
Maybe the whole thing is an elaborate tribute to Ayn Rand.
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