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  •  I started as an Independent, (8+ / 0-)

    seeing faults with both sides so it was probably easier for me to end up here. I think of myself as a social liberal and a fiscal conservative, so I didn't see a natural fit with either party. But the 2000 election shennanigans, the bald-faced lies they used to justify starting the terrible, bloody fiasco in Iraq, and the continuing lies and voter suppression efforts have left me with only one party I am willing to vote for. After the actions of Husted in Ohio and the GOP in Florida, I will likely never again vote for anyone who is willing to be a member of the Republican party.  

    •  Republicans aren't fiscal conservatives (7+ / 0-)

      not for a long while anyway. Reagan & Bush II ballooned the budget and the debt. While deriding "tax and spend" liberals, they practiced "borrow and spend". The former was an exaggerated claim, but it sounds a lot more more fiscally responsible than the latter, no?

      Mindless tax cuts and deregulation and militarism do not lead to a good place.

      •  I'm a relatively old guy I guess, (0+ / 0-)

        so I was around for much of the evolution of the "tax and spend" liberal meme. I was not nearly as well informed back in the late seventies and eighties, but I don't think I gave either party much credit for being fiscally conservative.

      •  True. Obama has been much more of a fiscal (1+ / 0-)
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        conservative than Bush ever was.

        "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics" - F.D.R.

        by biscobosco on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:10:58 PM PST

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