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Paul Ryan’s self-serving farewell tour is the bane of the internet right now

It's a six-part video series.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Dec 18, 2018   Updated on May 20, 2021, 11:10 pm CDT

House Speaker Paul Ryan is marking his final days in Congress by posting a documentary-style video series on Twitter—and it is not going over well.

Ryan, who announced earlier this year he would leave Congress at the end of this term, began posting the videos, part of a series called “Decades in the Making,” that highlight the tax reform law passed in 2017.

The videos are essentially a hype video for the House speaker and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, with soaring music and numerous people talking about how hard Ryan worked on the law.

The episode titles are:

They all show various members of Congress paying tribute to Ryan’s work, peons Ryan is posting, congratulating himself for his work in revamping the tax code last summer.

However, online there was a different kind of reaction. That’s because a lot of the videos aren’t grounded in reality.


The jokes about the documentary-style series came quickly.

Ryan calling the bill a decade in the making was somewhat laughable, given how slapdash the tax cut actually was, rushed through before congresspeople were given a chance to fully read it.

Even members of Ryan’s own party weren’t confident in what they voted for.

Another of Ryan’s videos talked about how his big dream included reforming entitlements.

Ryan never quite got around to reforming entitlements, despite promising to tackle them after passing the tax cut.

Ryan, who prided himself as a staunch fiscal hawk, also didn’t address the ballooning deficits his tax cut caused.

And just today, a study revealed that bonuses to workers this year were up a grand total of two cents thanks to Ryan’s new tax cut.


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*First Published: Dec 18, 2018, 10:59 am CST