To put it kindly, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wants you to believe some questionable things.
Ryan, whom Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tapped as his running mate on Saturday, has led the Republican Party's crusade against government spending. He claims that investing in programs to provide a safety net for the elderly and poor have become an unsustainable burden on the country's national debt.
But the evidence that Ryan provides for why the U.S. must dismantle the welfare state has shaky foundations, according to some economists and commentators.
Paul Ryan and economists just can't agree on these 7 things: