Editorial cartoonist Steve Sack perfectly summed up Paul Ryan’s legislative agenda at the moment in a recent illustration appearing in the Star Tribune:
Make no mistake, our social safety net is under threat. The Republicans in Congress are already talking about a mandate even though Trump did not win the popular vote, by over a million at current counts, and lost seats in both chambers of Congress. By those standards President Obama should have been allowed to do anything he wanted, but he was a Democrat who happened to be black so there was a whole other set of rules to follow. When a white man from privilege who has never held public office gets elected with less than a majority it is time to shred the foundations of modern civil society according to Republicans.