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Paul Ryan voted again and again and again for George W. Bush's budget-busting domestic programs and foreign wars. Then, after Obama was elected, Ryan became the ultimate deficit hawk.

His explanation: Never mind.

From Ryan Lizza's New Yorker article (which calls Ryan a longshot for the VP nomination):

Ryan was a reliable Republican vote for policies that were key in causing enormous federal budget deficits: sweeping tax cuts, a costly prescription-drug entitlement for Medicare, two wars, the multibillion-dollar bank-bailout legislation known as TARP. In all, five trillion dollars was added to the national debt. In 2006 and 2008, many of Ryan’s older Republican colleagues were thrown out of office as a result of lobbying scandals and overspending. Ryan told me recently that, as a fiscal conservative, he was “miserable during the last majority” and is determined “to do everything I can to make sure I don’t feel that misery again.”

Now, of course, journalism organizations obediently call him a fiscal conservative. Update: You can find a perfect example in the lede of AP's story today, calling Ryan a "devoted budget cutter."

What a hypocrite is, and what (standard) incompetence the journalism business in general is demonstrating. 
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Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's Sarah Palin. As Mitt Romney is already worse than Sarah Palin (McCain thought so)... what do you expect?
 
If only the media paid Obama just 10% of the nonsense they post about the GOP candidates, people might actually wake up.  Funny how the "media" aka democrat press seem to be concerned about budgets when talking about anyone other than democrats.
 
+Spencer Scott why is it that any attempt to point out the massive inconsistencies in the modern Republican platform and leading figures never gets any kind of real rebuttal, but rather a series of "left wing media" this and "what about Obama" that? Is there no interest in defending any of these candidates or positions?
 
+Spencer Scott btw, please note that I ask this as a conservative Democrat who probably could have been convinced to vote for Romney, had his party not resorted to such evasion, and had he been willing to own his health care plan, despite his party's position on its national clone.
 
Ryan has some ideas, whether good or bad. Romney lacks core and is renting Ryans ideas. Core through proxy.
 
Didn't Obama promise to balance the budget? How is that going? Obama voted for budget busting budgets and foreign wars so I don't see the difference between the two. Say what you will about Bush at least they submitted a budget that is something you can't say about the Harry Reid controlled Senate. 
 
Balancing budget is not a high priority at all in short term. The fact that Obama has been talking about it just shows how clueless he is about economy. See what FDR did in 1930's.
 
Attributing original ideas to Paul Ryan is like attributing a good novel to carbon paper.
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