Laurence Vance wrote in February 2010:
If it wasn't so tragic, it would be fun to watch Republicans when the Democrats are in power. Typical is the pseudo-budget cutter Paul Ryan (not to be confused with Ron Paul), the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Ryan, who recently said: "I am the budget chairman. I am a Republican. I am a conservative. I have been pointing out the big flaws of all of the taxing and the spending that has been going on around here," voted for Bushcare, otherwise known as the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.Ryan also voted for the TARP bailout and the auto bailout.
With regard for Ryan's budget program, Paul Krugman correctly said that the plan "would raise taxes for 95 percent of the population". Krugman also said the proposed spending cuts were a "sham" because they depended on making a severe cut in domestic discretionary spending without specifying the programs to be cut, and on "dismantling Medicare as we know it," which is politically unrealistic.
In 2002, Ryan voted in favor of the Iraq War resolution.
As for Ryan on military spending, Politico notes:
For all his reputation as a budget hawk, Ryan has been a dove when it comes to defense spending – so much so that he accused Pentagon leaders of misleading Congress earlier this year when they said President Barack Obama’s budget was adequate for the job they had to do.
“We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice,” Ryan said in March. “We don’t think the generals believe that their budget is really the right budget.”...
...both men [Romney and Ryan] support Pentagon budgets growing by billions of dollars more than the plans of the Obama administration – the only difference is by how much. Ryan’s alternate spending plan protected the Pentagon even as it slashed or reshaped much of the rest of federal spending, and Romney’s support for DOD is even more aggressive.Ryan will debate Vice President Joe Biden on October 11, at the auditorium on the campus of Center College in quaint Danville, Kentucky.
Ryan has been in politics his entire adult life. Ryan's wife is a tax attorney.