The left-wing media have been falling over themselves to show the video of Paul Ryan from 2002 arguing in favor of a stimulus bill proposed by Bush. They point out his former explicit support for Keynesian economics and contrast it with his current positions and call him a hypocrite. And they may or may not be true. I'm prepared to give the man some leeway to change his positions. They're missing the actual important point of Ryan's past comments, which is that Ryan admits that the bipartisan consensus of the "no doubt, this is what you do every time" thing to do is to provide stimulus measures much like President Obama has been proposing.
Ryan is of course free to change his mind and to argue fervently for his new position. But Republicans have to admit that it is their proposals, not the suspiciously-named man in the White House, who has the radical policy proposals which depart from those which have guided our country for decades. It doesn't mean that Obama's proposals are necessarily correct, but Republicans need to drop their rhetoric on Obama being the one who is somehow un-American/other/radical.