From Roll Call:
Rep. Paul Ryan‘s skills as a telegenic policy wonk have helped him emerge as a prominent spokesman for Congressional Republicans. As chairman of the Budget Committee and author of a plan to cut federal spending by $4 trillion over 10 years, he has been the party’s point man in ongoing spending debate in the House.
Bolstered by the election of 87 House GOP freshmen in 2010, most of whom are alight with the idea of reducing the scope of government, the Wisconsin Republican has at last found a ready audience – and foot soldiers ready to enlist in his crusade.
For most people, the federal budget is just numbers in a ledger. For Ryan, it’s a cause. His plan aims at nothing less than amending the social contract between the government and the governed. That change, he says, is not a choice, but a necessity.