The Myth of the "Fiscally Conservative", Socially "Moderate"/Liberal Republican (or Scott Brown Lied, Fiscal Responsibility Died)
One year ago, Sen. Scott Brown (RINO-MA) declared:
And make no mistake, I am a fiscal conservative. And when it comes to issues affecting people’s pockets, and pocketbooks, and wallets, I’ll be with the Republicans if they are in fact pushing those initiatives.Liar.
They all are. From Schwarzenegger to Crist to Murkowski to the Maine Twins to ... you name it. If some politician proclaims himself or herself to be a "fiscal conservative" but social "moderate", that person is a LIAR because that person is neither. That person is, in fact, a LIBERAL. Maybe not as liberal as the Dems, but nevertheless liberal enough to support the wholesale slaughter of the unborn, the destruction of the institution of marriage, and the picking of your pocket to support the size and scope of our overbloated federal government (including the taxpayer funding of the organization that engages in most of the wholesale slaughter of the unborn).
A few months back, I did a post concurring with Sen. Jim DeMint's assessment that "you can't be a fiscal conservative and NOT be a social conservative". In that post, I quoted extensively from a piece written by my friend, Paul Zummo. Here's an excerpt:
... anyone who has paid any amount of attention to politics over the past couple of decades should recognize that the people who label themselves fiscally conservative and socially moderate or liberal – let’s call them cafeteria conservatives – are the first people to betray the cause of limited government on economic issues. A prime example of this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger...Prior to that, I had written another post on the topic of Sen. DeMint and social conservatism vs. fiscal conservatism:
John Hawkins did a bit of analysis that shows a fairly strong correlation between fiscal and social conservatism. Though the measuring device is a bit crude, it shows that when it comes to economic issues, social conservatives are the most reliable votes in favor of fiscal conservatism.
... social conservatives don't tend to compartmentalize their conservatism as do, say, so-called "fiscally conservative/socially liberal" types - in fact, social conservatives tend to be more consistently fiscally conservative than the self-described fiscal conservatives ...In short, don't believe the myth of the "fiscally conservative", but socially "moderate" Republican. It's a damned lie.
Show me someone who claims to be a "fiscal conservative" and a social liberal, and I'll show you either:
(1) a plain-old liberal who thinks his taxes are a little high;
(2) someone whose alleged "fiscal conservatism" is malleable to whatever his social liberalism dictates; or
(3) someone who is so preoccupied with what other liberals think of him (which is why ha adopts the socially liberal mantra in the first place), that at the first sign of left-wing horror over the alleged real-world repercussions of his fiscally conservative policy preferences, he will drop said fiscal conservatism like a hot potato.