Well, this is how it works I guess. Rep. Paul Ryan was quite alright with getting Social Security death benefits from taxpayers after his father died, but that’s only for him. Only he’s entitled to government benefits and government help. The rest of us have to make it on our own, pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and all. This is the only explanation available for why Rep. Ryan told a student in 2011 that he should take three jobs to pay for school instead of accepting Pell grants. During a town hall back in 2011, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) was asked by student Matthew Lowe why the GOP wanted to cut Pell Grants. Lowe said he received $5,500 per year in Pell Grants to pay for school, and although it didn’t come close to covering the entire cost, it did lessen the burden. Congressman Ryan responded, saying, ”Cause Pell Grants have become unsustainable. It’s all borrowed money…Look, I worked three jobs to pay off my student loans after college. I didn’t get grants, I got loans, and we need to have a system of viable student loans to be able to do this.” Ryan went on to offer his real reason for opposing Pell Grants; they leave little room for the private student loan shark industry. “The second concern I have is, in the health care bill — people don’t know this — for budgetary gimmickry reasons, the administration and Congress at the time, took over the student loan industry. So they had the federal government, the Department of Education, basically confiscate the private student loan industry” said Ryan. By that logic, Ryan should have sent the Social Security money he received after his father’s death back with a note that read “Sorry, I can’t accept this money because it’s unsustainable and it hinders the private loan industry.” Of course, that’s probably what he would’ve done if he didn’t view himself as more special and deserving of help than everyone else.