Foreign Policy magazine's list of 2011's "top global thinkers" is out and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) made the list for putting his thick head of hair on the line during the heated budget battles earlier this year:
More than any other political figure, it has been Paul Ryan, a charismatic rising star among Republican lawmakers and the House Budget Committee chairman, who has led the charge, preaching a new politics of austerity as the only antidote to the crisis.
To be sure, the Wisconsin congressman's "Path to Prosperity" plan, passed by the House of Representatives in April before being defeated in the Senate, was far from perfect. But unlike others in both parties, Ryan made an effort to do business with his political rivals ([President] Obama called his plan a "serious proposal"), and he undoubtedly set the terms of the intense debate that followed.