I remain of the view that he deserves credit for being the first American with real political accountability to tell the truth about the depth of our fiscal predicament. But one has to contrast his current anti-spending stance with the record:

Every policy change of the last decade that increased the deficit—the Bush tax cuts, the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq—Ryan voted for.

How exactly does a Randian vote for Medicare-D – a fiscally open-ended entitlement, combining the fastest growing demographic with a product with one of the fastest growing pice-tags?