The biggest enemy of the safety net isn't the politician who says that you can't spend money you don't have. The enemies of social justice are those who let debts run out of control and who oppose necessary reform. If Paul Ryan can convince people that he believes in state help, partly because of his personal experience, then people may trust him with the scalpel.
If you are suffering from toothache, you certainly want treatment. But when the dentist enters your mouth, wielding the drill, you don't particularly want to see a glint in his eye.
Tim Montgomerie on Paul Ryan..