Ryan is not an economist - even though he plays one on TV. Paul Ryan graduated from college with a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Miami Ohio.
It's a nice school, but hardly impressive. C'mon, Mojo Nixon got his degree there too.
Ryan loves his undeserved wonk label - he fills his listening session with graphs and charts quickly losing his audience in the maze. It's a perfect set-up especially if you don't want anyone to ask you any questions.
People around here remember Paul Ryan's love of George Bush's stimulus plans in 2002 and again in 2008 when he just wrote a blank check to the banks with the TARP giveaway.
After the 2008 election, Ryan acted like he never heard the word "stimulus" before and when confronted about his support in the previous decade by constituents in April of 2011 - he outright lied and said he had never supported a stimulus plan.
Out came the letters he hand-signed that said "Recovery Act" in the first paragraph. Inconvenient for a guy who was now claiming that President Obama's stimulus plan was a failure (even though real economists say otherwise). Ryan's quick reflexes deflected the criticism by saying he signs lots of letters...maybe his staff did it. Like asking for $20 million dollars is something you don't notice.
Then came the video - Oh no! Not video!
Real live wonk, Chris Hayes (Brown University) and his staff found a video of Ryan making his case in 2002 for the Bush era stimulus plan that today's Democrats should just repeat word for word - it's that supportive:
"The things we’re trying to pass in this bill are the time-tested, proven, bipartisan solutions to get businesses to stop laying off people, to hire people back, and to help those people who have lost their jobs . . .We’ve got to get the engine of economic growth growing again because we now know, because of recession, we don’t have the revenues that we wanted to, we don’t have the revenues we need..."Oh, 2002 Paul Ryan where did you go?
Week two of Paul Ryan's run for Vice President doesn't look like it's going to be much better than week one. Ryan is being exposed as not just flip-flopper but an outright liar.