I was a little shocked that Paul Ryan was selected for VP. But it does open up wonderful opportunities for articles such as this at the Washington Post. It was fairly obvious from a read through of Ryan's Roadmap in the first place, but a more detailed look at it is worth having.
It does need to be noted that given Ryan's assumptions expressed in the Roadmap having to do with the impact of assistance on individual work ethic and the positive impacts resulting from making real costs felt by an individual, these shifts in spending are fully consistent with Ryan believing his budget not only helps the country but also the poor themselves by reducing dependency and increasing incentives for hard work. I also happen to think that even a passing familiarity with the empirical data on government spending, the impacts of aid, distributional impacts, entrepreneurship, or any other related subject would reveal these assumptions as barking mad. But being barking mad is not inconsistent with thinking you are acting in the best interests of the people whose program's you are cutting.