Paul Ryan ridiculed for tax cut tweet, deletes it

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Former George W. Bush ethics lawyer, Richard W. Painter said that Ryan "should be ashamed of himself" for publishing the tweet. The section of the story he chose to highlight raised eyebrows: Julia Ketchum, a Pennsylvania high school secretary, saw her paycheck increase $78 a year - enough to cover the cost of her yearly Costco membership.

Ryan on Saturday posted a Tweet noting the secretary's increase and linking to the AP story.

The tax bill slashes the federal corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, and the maximum individual income tax rate, for the nation's wealthiest, drops from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.

"Especially since they picked up on my $1.50-per-week increase", she added.

Costco is a American budget wholesaler of home furniture and appliances, with an annual membership costing $60 per year.

While it's true that the bill is stingy for people at the very bottom of the pay scale and showers money on those at the top, it does include substantial savings for millions of workers in the middle class.

The article also quoted other workers who noticed changes of hundreds of dollars in their paychecks. Why the House Speaker chose to highlight Julia Ketchum of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and her $1.50 a week savings, the world may never know. A spokesperson for Ryan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Democrats were quick to mock Ryan's tweet.

The tax overhaul has been criticised by President Trump's rivals as mainly benefitting the rich and big business.

"He also doesn't want you to know he got $500,000 from the Koch family", she said, referencing a donation Mr Ryan got from wealthy businessmen after the House of Representatives passed their version of the tax reform Bill previous year.

The following message was tweeted out from Ryan's account on Saturday morning and then was subsequently deleted after it became clear how poorly it was being received.

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