Paul Krugman notes that Ryan is an "Unserious Man" because his proposals are not even trying to make sense as a matter of economics. As I noted before, the sad thing is that Paul Ryan is what passes for serious in policy circles not because of the actual merits or even if the logic holds together, but because we have lowered our standards to the point where anyone who is actually willing to say "this is what I would cut and here is how much" is considered "Serious."
I wish it were not so. I wish that magic math got you a dunce cap instead of a mensa award in Policyland. But I routinely deal with this crap and it gets treated with seriousness even when it is obviously bologna.