Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Can't Be Fiscally Conservative & Socially Liberal

We hear this all the time: "although I am socially liberal, I am fiscally conservative." This position is impossible in practice.

By its nature, those who are socially liberal feel that government is more often the answer to society's problems. In order to solve these problems through government, funding is required -- very large and continuous flows of monies. These monies can only come from one place: taxation.

These social programs result in large bureaucracies and many morph into entitlement programs.

Regardless of how carefully the monies are spent, it is money taken from the masses and given to those the socially liberal feel deserve it.

You really cannot be both a socially liberal and a fiscal conservative.


Anonymous said...

When people say they are fiscally conservative and socially liberally they are speaking in terms of scope. "Macro-view" they are against gov't intervention and like to see bad companies fail and good companies flourish--a conservative policy. But "face-to-face-view" these people want to help and serve the underdog--a liberal policy. I think we are all looking for a balance between conservative and liberal.

Edwin Lyngar said...

You are totally wrong. Drug legalization is social liberal, that's the government getting OUT of the drug business. No taxes no oppressive laws. That is a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. Religious people wish to control everyone, this seems to be your position.