Matt Yglesias points out that, contra Paul Ryan, there really are things "more insidious that a country can do to its citizens" than to "debase its currency." Great catch!
Ryan's a bit of a puzzle, it seems to me. He spent the last two years building up his credentials as a Serious Policy Guy (regardless of whether he really is or not -- he was certainly trying to create that image). But since November, he seems to be much more interested in scoring points with the yahoos than with cultivating the governing image.
Granted, there have been any number of Members of Congress who were legitimate serious policy people but also were quick with the partisan rhetoric -- including rhetoric that they surely must have known was not, technically, entirely, accurate in the sense of being the truth. I'm thinking of David Obey, for one; go back a bit, and Bob Dole certainly qualifies. So you can do both. Just interesting, to me, to see Ryan's career develop. I'm really not sure what he's going to look like, a couple of years down the road.