Most of the Republicans I know say they’re socially liberal but fiscally conservative.
So I’d like to point out two things:
- That makes them Democrats. That’s obviously true of the “socially liberal” piece. No one argues Republicans have the more socially liberal agenda. But it’s also true of the “fiscally conservative” piece. It’s Reagan//Bush/Trump who exploded deficit spending with tax cuts for the best off; Clinton and Obama who by the ends of their terms, in part via tax hikes on the rich, got the National Debt once again shrinking relative to the economy as a whole.
- It’s okay to switch parties once you realize this. Lots of people have done it, and I’m hoping more will.
All this came to mind when I perused this rundown of Trump’s VP and Cabinet picks. He said he’d be a “real friend” to the LGBT community. But then he also said he’d release his tax returns if he ran for president.