Romney, Ryan Know Better Than to Box Congress on Taxes

One of the most bizarre charges leveled against Congressman Paul Ryan from progressive journalists and pundits is that his reputation as a serious, knowledgeable policy guru is a sham. Exhibit A, it’s claimed, is that his budget pushes tax simplification – which has been derided as a tax cut for “the rich” – without getting too specific on the details.

7231cf6a-99da-435f-a0dd-fb50946f65fa_thumb1 Romney, Ryan Know Better Than to Box Congress on Taxes

We got another example today with Alec MacGillis’ profile done over at The New Republic. The meat of his argument comes in a discussion with Rep. Blumenauer:

All of which is to say that Ryan is not some sort of high-minded intellectual, taking in the world’s problems with an independence of mind and openness to new information. He is an ideologue with a politician’s talent for sticking to party orthodoxy in the face of contrary evidence. “He has a real talent for staying on his talking points,