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Ten rules of fiscal conservatism

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July 18, 2010 – Comments (4)

Here is what it takes to be a fiscal conservative:

1. If the deficit is getting smaller and we are in power, we deserve the credit. We are balancing the budget successfully because of our prudent financial conservatism.

2. If the deficit is getting smaller and we are out of power, we deserve the credit. This success is entirely due to the unpopular measures we took while we were in power.

3. If the deficit increases and we are in power, it's the liberals' fault. It will take a while to clean up the mess they left after themselves.

4. If the deficit increases and we are out of power, it's the liberals' fault. They are ruining the country.

5. If the budget runs a surplus, taxes should be cut. Leaving more money in consumers' hands is the surest way to protect the surplus.

6. If the budget runs a deficit, spending should be cut. Putting more money in consumers' hands is called Keynesianism and it never works, unlike Austianism. The Austrians rule!

7. If Congress chooses to increase debt and we voted against the bill, this proves our commitment to sound fiscal policies. 

8. If Congress chooses to increase debt and the voting record shows we supported the bill, don't be fooled by the liberal media. The fact is, we were outnumbered by the liberals, and we did make the bill much better than it would have been otherwise.

9. If the Congress chooses to increase debt and we had the majority, don't be fooled by the liberal media. It was just a tactical maneuver that in no way diminishes our commitment to sustainable debt levels.   

10. The nine principles outlined above only apply to ourselves, but not to the liberals. 

 

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On July 19, 2010 at 12:06 AM, FleaBagger (28.84) wrote:

You're very ignorant of U.S. politics if you think fiscal conservatism or Austrian economic policy has been practiced here at any time in the last 80 years.

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#2) On July 19, 2010 at 1:27 AM, Tastylunch (29.42) wrote:

Well to be fair, every single politician of every single affiliation I've ever met attributes blame and/or success in this manner for any issue.

A necessary mental delusion I think to be a politician.

It does make for some amusing grandstanding though!

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#3) On July 19, 2010 at 6:28 AM, outoffocus (23.35) wrote:

There are hardly any true "fiscal conservatives" in Congress. Just a bunch of clowns. They only act like they are fiscally conservative if its American public's flavor of the month.  However the media decides what the flavor of the month is. Quite the conundrum.

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#4) On July 19, 2010 at 9:40 AM, Melaschasm (52.15) wrote:

US Federal Government spending has not been cut since long before my parents were born.  While the fiscal conservatives I know would like to see some spending cuts, I doubt they will happen in my life.

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