Paul Ryan: “I’ve Learned I Was Wrong To Talk About ‘Makers And Takers.’” In an August 15 opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, Rep. Paul Ryan expressed his regrets for utilizing the popular conservative talking point framing poverty as a “makers and takers” narrative. Noting that using the phrase shamed those “trying to make something of themselves,” Ryan called the phrase both “insensitive” and “ineffective”: [Read more] – Michael’s Blog