Right you are, Laurence: Paul Ryan has an undeserved reputation as a deficit hawk. His much touted budget proposal was a joke — as Lew said, Don’t Confuse Paul Ryan With Ron Paul. As Ron Paul points out in the above link, no government agencies were to be removed and there was only a chance of a balanced budget after 30 years.
The left-wing and right-wing media will do their part, to be sure, to each reinforce their own stereotypes of Ryan with absolutely no analysis at all. To the right he is warrior against big government, to the left he is a monster who will starve the children for fear of government spending.
Of course on the biggest budget issues, Ryan spends more than a drunken sailor. See this from the RLC analysis that Laurence linked to:
Paul Ryan on War and Intervention Abroad
-Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
-Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
-Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
-Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
Conclusion: Romney’s VP Pick = Pro-War Big Government Republicanism, 2.0
In that he is perfect for the Republican Party. The self-deluded would do well to wake up and smell the coffee. This is not an aberration, this is the party.
EDIT: I should add that Ryan voted to allow the president to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial, when not assassinating them via drones (NDAA 2012/2013).6:52 am on August 11, 2012 Email Daniel McAdams