It's interesting that Paul Ryan is being cast by the GOP and the media as an intellectual who is sharp with numbers and that rare breed--a truth-telling politician. Too bad none of it is true.
Ryan is an Ayn Rand devotee who somehow failed to recognize the anarchism and me-ism of the Randian philosophy. He's a scion of a wealthy family who pretends that his short stints at humble jobs like waiting tables were the same as what the disadvantaged suffer when they are stuck in dead-end jobs and have no recourse to a wealthy family to create new opportunities.
And he is a person who has devised plans that privatize and cut Medicare benefits for the most vulnerable, leaving them to pay more and more out of pocket over time while cutting taxes for the wealthiest--eliminating the estate tax to hand billions more of windfall dollars to heirs that do nothing to earn them; eliminating capital gains taxes entirely to hand billions of dollars to the weallthiest few who own most of the financial assets and passing the burden of supporting important government programs to the middle class.
Joan Walsh's article in Salon is worth reading, Paul Ryan's Brazen Lies, Salon (Aug. 29, 2012).