It’s a point that’s been made before, but hasn’t been made enough:
Stop calling [Paul] Ryan a “deficit hawk.” He voted for all of Bush’s tax cuts. He voted for all the wars. He voted for Bush’s Medicare prescription drug bill. He voted against the deficit-reducing Affordable Care Act. He voted against the Bowles-Simpson plan. He opposes any deficit reduction plan that increases revenue. Ryan is anti-government but he is clearly not a deficit hawk.
There have been a lot of recent triumphs in Republican media manipulation, but getting the people primarily responsible for the deficit defined as “deficit hawks” ranks near the top.