I normally hate Americans Elect fluffer Matt Miller, but this is a good point: Paul Ryan isn’t just a granny starver, he’s a granny starver whose numbers don’t even add the fuck up.
[T]he con has worked in part because budgets make journalists’ eyes glaze over, and once the phony Ryan meme took hold two years ago it became hard to dislodge. […]
Ryan is not a “fiscal conservative.” A fiscal conservative pays for the government he wants. Ryan never has. His early “Roadmap for America’s Future” didn’t balance the budget until the 2060s and added $60 trillion to the national debt. Ryan’s revised plan, passed by the House in 2011, wouldn’t reach balance until the 2030s while adding $14 trillion in debt. It adds $6 trillion in debt over the next decade alone — yet Republicans had the chutzpah to say they wouldn’t raise the debt limit!
Sixty trillion dollars is a lot of scratch. To put it in perspective, that’s more than twice the amount that Matt Taibbi claims is the government’s potential liability on TARP.