From Tim Stanley’s take,
What separates Ryan from some of the more militant budget cutters is that a) he has an alternative philosophy of government to liberalism and b) he can articulate it. A good example came in April when he spoke at Georgetown University and answered the charge that he had betrayed his Catholicism for social Darwinism. Ryan argued that the purpose of welfare reform is not to destroy the welfare state but to save it from itself. Only by reducing costs, introducing competition, restoring fiscal integrity and shifting the emphasis back onto the private sector could welfare be guaranteed for generations to come. What stands out about Ryan’s legislative work is its totality of vision. It isn’t just a snip here or a tax break there: it’s a universal message.