â¢Ryanâs budget plan has become a lightning rod, and it will be a focus of Democratic attacks in the fall. The most controversial component of the plan is that it significantly transforms Medicare, which is regarded as the governmentâs most popular program.
â¢In addition to Medicare, Ryan was one of the driving forces to partially privatize Social Security after George W. Bushâs victory in the 2004 presidential election.
â¢There are also holes in Ryanâs budget-hawk armor: He voted for some of the biggest drivers of the deficit/debt -- the Bush tax cuts, the Iraq war, and the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, all of which werenât paid for. Moreover, Ryan voted against the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles recommendations.
â¢Has never held statewide office and has no foreign-policy experience. Both could be liabilities.
â¢As a member of Congress, Ryan currently works in -- and is a relatively high-profile member of -- one of Americaâs least popular institutions.
â¢And while Romney has criticized Obama for not having private-sector experience, the same is largely true of Ryan: As the New Yorker has written, Ryan briefly worked for his familyâs business as a âmarketing consultant,â but most of his adult life has been spent as a congressman, congressional aide, or speechwriter/analyst at Jack Kempâs Empower America think tank.