Paul Ryan has slammed Obama's inauguration speech for allegedly distorting Ryan's view of entitlements.
Ryan appeared on Laura Ingraham's show, during which guest host Raymond Arroyo said that Obama "implicitly" referred to Ryan in his speech when he said that Medicare and Social Security "do not make us a nation of takers." (Ryan made headlines during the 2012 campaign by saying that America was becoming a nation of "takers versus makers.")
Ryan responded that Obama was misrepresenting his position on entitlements. He explained that Social Security and Medicare are "not taker programs" because they're "earned" by a lifetime of payroll taxes.
"When the president does kind of a switcheroo like that, what he's trying to say is that we are maligning these programs that people have earned throughout their working lives," said Ryan. "So it's kind of a convenient twist of terms to try and shadowbox a straw man."
Ryan blasted Obama for failing to address America's debt crisis via entitlement reform.
"When [Obama] says he won't change these programs, then he is indirectly complicit with their bankruptcy," he said. "These programs, because of the way they were designed in the last century - which did not predict the aging of America, the baby boomer generation retiring at a tune of 10,000 people a day... - are going bankrupt."