Which is a polite way of saying that Paul Ryan tends to be a liar, a misleader, a Mr. Say-One-Thing-Do-Another.
Paul Ryan loves stimulus, but only when it's for him.
He has spoken out against President Obama's efforts to jump-start the economy with the stimulus law, and after a conversion a few years ago now opposes earmarks. But when it comes to helping out his district in southern Wisconsin, Ryan's principles have been flexible. ...NPR
Heck, that's the way you get reelected.
"Temporary stimulus does not work," he said on CNBC. "It does not give businesses confidence to invest in jobs and capital for the future. It's just sort of sugar high economics."
But despite his denunciations of the measure, Ryan made sure his constituents were not left out when the money was divvied up. When the Energy Center of Wisconsin, a nonprofit that promotes energy-efficient buildings sought Ryan's help in obtaining stimulus money, he came through. ...NPR
He didn't just come through, he lavished taxpayer bucks from the greater USA on pet hometown and homestate businesses.
The Energy Center received nearly $250,000 in stimulus money thanks in part to Ryan's efforts. The Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp. did even better, receiving a $20 million grant for energy-efficiency projects. ...NPR
But no "earmarks." Not for now, anyway...
It's a Republican habit. Rick Perry fulminated against the stimulus, too. Then he took it to pay off debts even while he continued to work against bailouts.
"Even as Perry requested the Recovery Act money, he railed against it ...On the very same day he asked for the funds, he set up a petition titled 'No Government Bailouts.'" It called on Americans to express their anger at irresponsible spending. ...The Atlantic
Not much connective tissue in the Republican brain. Not much moral integrity either.