I think you are missing something here. Ryan is a star. Ryan has matinee idol good looks in the vein of any one of dozens of movie and TV actors, day-old beard and all, each hair neatly combed into place—the guy must spend hours in front of a mirror. But good looks are skim deap and what I see is a hustler, a cheap hustler. His ideas are nothing but a script he memorized, written by the One Percent for the most photogenic of the Repubs. They boil down to dismantling every beneficial social program since the New Deal and Draconian measures punishing women, queer people, and other minorities. Paul Ryan is a shuck.
Ryan seems to be one of those persons who is not troubled by inconsistencies in his reasoning, weak assumptions, consideration of conflicting data etc. He lacks robust critical thinking and has a degree of True Believer.
See http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/04/ryan_heritage.html for the Heritage Foundation roots of the budget. They note that
"Twice before, in 2001 and 2003, the Heritage Foundation provided economic forecasts purporting massive economic gains from President George W. Bush’s tax cuts similarly slanted toward the very rich."
Predicting millions of jobs created it actually lost jobs in the 8 years and remember the financial collapse at the end?
With the new Ryan (Heritage economic model ) predicts things that CBO can' support such as:
It's like they want to plug numbers into the equation that look the rosiest. This is a case of deceptive accounting practices. Ryan is fond of hauling out his scary charts. I have recently read in a Slate article that, not only are Ryan's projections about employment ridiculously optimistic, he has ideas about housing market growth that seem unrealistic as well.
People on the far right of the GOP claim that taxing the rich has a negative effect on job creation...low taxes supposedly stimulate job creation. I would like to see data that backs up that assertion. Trickle down economics doesn't appear to be a model worth revisiting but that seems to be what Ryan is proposing. I also need to hear more about these so-called block grants that will replace Medicare benefits...state level voucher systems worry me. I am also concerned with Ryan's lack of interest in financial regulatory reform...like many in the GOP he seems happy to trust everything to the free market: Banking, Health, Education, Environmental Protection. I'm more cynical, I guess.
But I do grudgingly give Ryan credit for trying to get a handle on the federal deficit...you have to give him credit for putting effort into the huge problem. But I certainly hope this "Path to Prosperity" gets a very close inspection by members of Congress, economists, and the American Public. It is a path with huge pitfalls capable of swallowing those members of our population that Ryan derisively called the "social welfare hammock"...those would be the elderly, the children, the disabled, and the 'economically disadvantaged' who cannot find work in this stagnant economy.
constitutional oriented candidates?
Is that the almighty, infallible document we should adhere to?