3. You're assuming that he's saying what he believes
That's a big-ass assumption that is wrong. Ryan knows what he's doing, he knows where he wants things to end up and that what he says is likely to bring it about. The problem is, what he believes isn't what he implies he believes.
That's true of Republican's in general. They say they like small government. Sure, when it comes to helping people who aren't billionaires. So cutting Medicare and SS are great, small government ideas, whereas cutting the military and hence, the contractors that make so much money off of it, well, that big government is just fine.
The most stunningly obvious one is about cutting taxes, favoring the rich. Anyone who buys this line and isn't a billionaire is a fucking idiot and deserves to get their ass kicked. Trickle down? It's just an excuse to allow idiots to continue to be idiots.
All those religious Republicans in government? They don't believe a damn thing they spout off, but they know it's really usefull for leading the voluntarily retarded to punch themselves in the face while supporting the very people that make them less free and, more importantly, less wealthy.
So you think Ryan is an idiot? Nope, it's the people who take his arguments seriously who are idiots.