Actually, it turns out that Ryan's family construction firm (founded by his great-grandfather, now owned by his cousins) got big building roads. For the government.
At the turn of the century, Ryan Inc. turned to road building. A subsidiary family corporation, Ryan Incorporated Southern, states on its Web site, “The Ryan workload from 1910 until the rural interstate Highway System was completed 60 years later [and] was mostly Highway construction.” The $119 billion spent by the federal government on the Interstate Highway System was, by one account, “the largest public works program since the Pyramids.” [...]To be fair, that's Ryan's family, not him. But his only private-sector work experience beyond things like waiting tables and selling bologna (for Oscar Mayer) was gained working for the family firm, so he doesn't seem to disapprove too strongly. And this is all him:
A current search of Defense Department contracts suggests that “Ryan Incorporated Central” has had at least 22 defense contracts with the federal government since 1996, including one from 1996 worth $5.6 million.
Mr. Anti-Spending secured millions in earmarks for his home state of Wisconsin, including, among other things, $3.3 million for highway projects. And Ryan voted to preserve $40 billion in special subsidies for big oil, an industry in which, it so happens, Ryan and his wife hold ownership stakes.But nothing to see here. Republicans have convinced the media to judge people as "fiscal conservatives" based solely on how badly they'll treat poor and middle-class people, and Ryan would treat those people very badly indeed, so no amount of earmarks or personal profit will strip him of that label in the press. What the millions of Americans he would victimize think is another matter.