As I’ve long argued, our friends who fit that mold — “socially liberal, fiscally conservative” (as I do myself) — are basically Democrats.
Because it’s Democrats in recent decades who’ve shrunk the Debt relative to the economy as a whole; Republicans who’ve exploded it . . .
. . . waging wars without paying for them, chopping taxes on the rich when we couldn’t afford to lose that revenue, neglecting basic maintenance of our national infrastructure (like a business that fails to set aside reserves for depreciation and is basically borrowing from the future).
Well, here’s another take on the same theme, 7 Things People Who Say They’re ‘Fiscally Conservative But Socially Liberal’ Don’t Understand, by Greta Christina for Raw Story.
I’d want a shot at persuading her the President’s Trans-Pacific Partnership is not likely to reflect the kind of “free trade” she rails against (#7). But there is so much else in here that strikes me as truly important — and spot on.
Let me know your thoughts.
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On the day of the 1983 economic summit, James A. Baker 3rd, then chief of staff, realized Mr. Reagan had not read his briefing book. When Mr. Baker asked why, Mr. Reagan responded, 'Well, Jim, The Sound of Music was on last night.'~Professor Herbert S. Parmet reviewing President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
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