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Certain media pundits' hearts are aflutter over how honest, intellectual and responsible GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan supposedly is. But not economics professor Bill Black, who shows that Ryan's "Tinker Bell" budget proposal uses numbers that have nothing to do with the economy to achieve fiscal balance in the next few decades.

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, the media fascination with the potential presidential campaign of the great American phony, Donald Trump, has been helpful to the Republican Party. The real player to watch is the boring chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan.

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Responding to the State of the Union is an odd honor. You become the face of the opposition for 10 minutes but you have to immediately follow extraordinary rhetoricians at their chosen sport. House Budget Committee Chairperson Paul Ryan gets the job this year.

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