Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Ryan said Republicans offer their constituents "ideas" while Democrats offer a "full stomach and an empty soul."
He then told an anecdote he said was relayed to him by Eloise Anderson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) Department of Children and Families secretary.
"She once met a young boy from a very poor family, and every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program," Ryan said.
"He told Eloise he didn't want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids," he continued. "He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand."
No, Paul, we understand it perfectly. We understand that it would be better if parents could afford to feed their kids themselves. But in large part because of the policies you and yours have pursued, there are a lot of parents who can't. And ultimately, I think if that little boy was asked if he had rather have ideas or lunch, he probably - fuck, he definitely - would have chosen lunch. Because you can't eat a fucking idea.