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  •  I used to say (1+ / 0-)
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    socially liberal, fiscally conservative.

    But the Republicans have shot that all to hell.

    (-7.75, -7.69) No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up - Lily Tomlin

    by john07801 on Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 07:50:28 AM PDT

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    •  Why is that...??? (0+ / 0-)

      Obama - Change I still believe in

      by dvogel001 on Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 07:54:03 AM PDT

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    •  My conservative views... (0+ / 0-)

      are around Affirmative Action which I believe should be income and family status based (have your parents/grandparents ever attended college) not about the color of your skin...

      Obama - Change I still believe in

      by dvogel001 on Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 07:55:18 AM PDT

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    •  "socially liberal, fiscally conservative" (0+ / 0-)

      is the type of self-description I've come to think of as vague and safe, what people say to avoid controversy since it's probably how the majority of Americans would describe themselves, if asked, and it leaves open a lot of room for interpretation. "Fiscally conservative" might simply mean you think government should be cautious about debt (as Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were not), or it could mean you hold economic views in line with those of the GOP. "Socially conservative" can mean anti-abortion, anti-gay-rights, but it can also simply mean a general belief in things like two-parent families and church attendance, etc.

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