Just that quickly, it starts: Watching the press corps explain Paul Ryan may get a bit frustrating.
In today’s Washington Post, Matt Miller takes few prisoners concerning Romney’s VP pick. Ryan has been working “a con,” “a fraud,” Miller writes.
According to Miller, Ryan simply isn’t a “fiscal conservative...intent on erasing deficits.” That isn't who this guy is:
MILLER (8/13/12): The striking thing about Paul Ryan's ascent is the gulf between his proposals and the way the media have characterized them. Since Mitt Romney named Ryan to the ticket on Saturday, the news has been filled with talk of the "fiscal conservative" (NPR) "intent on erasing deficits" (New York Times) who has become "the intellectual heart of the Republican Party's movement to slash deficits" (The Post). All of this is demonstrably false.Is Ryan a “fiscal conservative?” Even as Miller explained the way the press corps has purchased this inaccurate theme, the New York Times was printing its first batch of letters about the gent’s selection.
Ryan is not a "fiscal conservative." A fiscal conservative pays for the government he wants. Ryan never has. His early "Roadmap for America's Future" didn't balance the budget until the 2060s and added $60 trillion to the national debt. Ryan's revised plan, passed by the House in 2011, wouldn't reach balance until the 2030s while adding $14 trillion in debt.
Uh-oh! This was the very first letter the New York Times chose to print about Ryan:
LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES (8/13/12): While I appreciate that Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin is able to offer up policy ideas, I question Mitt Romney’s decision in choosing Mr. Ryan to be his running mate. Mr. Ryan’s budget plan would balance the federal budget on the backs of the most vulnerable while not asking for shared sacrifice from the more affluent. I would argue for a more balanced approach like the one that President Obama is advocating.Aarrgh! Right there, in this very first letter, the standard theme is repeated—Ryan is a budget balancer! Adding insult to injury, the letter comes from a Democratic committeeman in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Hang on for a long, bumpy ride as the public gets informed about Ryan. We’ll start to examine this topic tomorrow. Various themes are involved.