Regarding the Paul Ryan flap, you just have to stop and marvel that someone can be accused of racism in the course of saying that people should get personally involved in helping the poor in our cities. But this is exactly what happened. From this transcript of the interview:
Everybody’s got to get involved. So, this is what we talk about when we talk about civil society. If you’re driving from the suburb to the sports arena downtown by these blighted neighborhoods, you can’t just say: I’m paying my taxes, government’s going to fix that. You need to get involved. You need to get involved yourself — whether through a good mentor program or some religious charity, whatever it is, to make a difference, and that’s how we help resuscitate our culture.