Jonathan Chait is justifiably bemused: "Since When Did Paul Ryan Become a Liar?"
Ryan’s Tampa speech, while pretty dishonest, was not especially so by Ryan’s standards.... Ryan has been saying things like this, and worse, all along....
The thing about Ryan is that he has always resided in a counter-factual universe. He is a product of the hermetically sealed right-wing subculture. Many of the facts taken for granted by mainstream economists have never penetrated his brain.
Which leads to the closely related question: Since when did Paul Ryan become an intellectual?
Any grown man who sees Ayn Rand's brooding, adolescent objectivism as evidence of a towering intellect and excavating philosophy is also a man of remarkably limited cognitive abilities. Mr. Ryan is, incontrovertibly, a liar--and a world-class liar at that. Yet allowances must be made, for he's also little more than a hack, a parrot, an immature, unoriginal "thinker" of extraordinary credulity.
And what's even more disturbing and most astounding is that among the "conservative intelligentsia," he sits at the very top.