In 2008, Ryan proposed a "Roadmap for the Future," a budget plan that would slow the growth of government. It was timid. It wouldn't eliminate the Education Department or other useless government agencies and wouldn't balance the budget for decades.
Yet even Republicans said his plan was too radical. Newt Gingrich called it "right-wing social engineering."
"Last year," writes John Stossel, "I invited Ryan back on my show to talk about that. By then, the needle had moved. Ryan's Roadmap helped change the discussion. Many Republicans woke up. Newt apologized for his comment. The Republican Study Committee proposed bigger cuts."