He puts out these budget things. If he's willing to put his name on these things, House Republicans should be quite glad to have him. He's got good support in his district, and maybe, you know, he'll get a hair out of place and go a handful of states in a presidential primary, like, once. Just to remind himself of when he was a running mate. But otherwise, he has a way of spinning ideology into something very like numbers. Numbers in a budget, mind you, is a step up from not having any. The problem is that the Ryan measuring stick is marked with rubber inches. His numbers are a bit elastic.
You know, like control-top panty hose. Not at all generous, in other words. Pinched. But with a little stretching? They will cover. Painfully.
ThinkProgress provides five of the most egregious things the Ryan budget does. Anyone could point out that his proposals benefit the wealthy at the expense of the poor, or point out it's pennywise and pound-foolish, or consider that the impact of austerity is a contraction of the economy, because those who must spend, haven't the wherewithal to do so. But it doesn't seem he gets any of this. His inability to "get" why his budget wouldn't be a great plan is exactly the same thing as his secret to GOP House longevity. Bad economics is the Republican secret sauce. He epitomizes what makes Republican economics wrong-headed and ideological. And so, he makes an excellent mascot for the marginalized Republican House of the future.
Which I encourage every Democrat, or economically "sane" independent voter to work towards--let's not let granny-starvers run the government. We can do better, and we will. Let's marginalize his kind of talk on the economy. And make plausible, responsible, humane choices that let working people earn salaries they can live on and allows enough of the middle class the ability to service their own economy by having the funds to enrich retail business, let's say--so that they can be self-perpetuating economic drivers and I dunno. Have more economic freedom to do stuff.
I don't think we'll shake Ryanomics. But over time, it will just look like this crustycon thing some guys used to support back in the day. And that will be worth it. So let's keep him in the House as the bad example of budgets that are so wrong. Unless his district could go blue. In which case, screw him. (I'd like a Democrat for his district, please.)