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Paul Ryan Takes the Con Out of Conservative

Paul Ryan doesn't have a lot of credibility. But he just might have earned some. 
New direction?
New direction?

I like to think I have a pretty good record of outrage at Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Then, of course, there’s Paul Krugman, who takes a back seat to no one in assailing what he calls Ryan’s “con jobs.”

But the real champ of Ryanology is Jonathan Chait, who happened to be on vacation last week when Ryan rolled out his new anti-poverty plan. Chait returned today with a typically strong offering, making a good point about whether individual states or the federal government are best suited to administer anti-poverty programs: