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I adhere to the core fundamental philosophies of Conservatism and hence i am a liberal.

I am Conservative and hence i think that the government has to balance its budget or come close to removing the deficit.

I am Conservative and hence i think it is incorrect to balance budget needs on the back of the poor

I am Conservative (and God fearing) and hence i think it is important for Government to focus on the plight of the poor rather than pampering the rich

I am Conservative and hence i think the Government should raise enough revenue to cover its expenses

I am Conservative and hence i am appalled by the idea that the rich deserve tax cuts and the poor need benefit cuts

I am Conservative and it is tragic that Romney believes that we live at historic high taxation period when he pays 14%; Obama pays 21%

I am Conservative and hence i find it stupid that Romney with $20M income pays a lower percentage of his income as tax than Obama who hauled in $700K and both of these guys pay less than i do while earning more

I am Conservative and hence i think men (and other women) have no right to tell my wife, my daughter, my neice, my sister, my mother - how they should decide on their healthcare issues

I am Conservative and hence i think everyone has a role and responsibility in society. The rich pay a little more than the poor; Companies accept to do business in a fair environment, not lobby for profit and Government is strict but open in its dealings; our Military invests in latest technology but doesn't become a black hole for the people & a white hole for defense corporations

I am Conservative and hence i think we should audit the Fed to ensure that they stick to their 2 objectives - control inflation and promote employment. In the same breadth, i think we should audit the Defense department as well.

I am Conservative and hence i take responsibility for my life & my decisions and expect the government to give a helping hand to those who are not as fortunate as i am


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  •  This doesn't make sense n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  points 1 and 2 (3+ / 0-)

    I would disagree.  Deficit does not need to be eliminated if it grows more slowly than GDP.  A balanced budget isn't actually necessary.

  •  I think I get where you are coming from. (4+ / 0-)

    (Or, from whence you come.) Tipped for effort.

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:13:17 AM PST

  •  Conserving RESOURCES (4+ / 0-)

    such as forests, water, clean air, and fossil fuels, is where this twist makes eminent sense.  In fiscal and social policy, however, it becomes pretty strained.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:14:12 AM PST

    •  New Deal Policy creates a stable economy (3+ / 0-)

      50 yrs of shallower and shorter recessions.

      Go from a depression every 20 years and a economic downturn every 4.3 yrs, to No Depressions and only 3 recessions where the Annual GDP dips below -2%.

      It does not conserve labor to shed 15% to 30% of jobs every 4.3 yrs. Labor is a resource and needs to be treated equally to trees, water, clean air,. TO value capital  over Labor  is to treat labor in such a way as to erode its value, and thusly its ability to provide return. Just like a river.

      Risky market speculation is... conservative? Bubbles are brought about by liberalization of banking regulations like the Glass Steagal bank firewall being repealed.

      I posit that Labor is a resource akin to Clean Air,  Clean water, Prairie, Forests etc.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 11:21:22 AM PST

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  •  I, too, am a conservative by these measures. (4+ / 0-)

    I am trying to conserve this little thing called "the 20th century" and all the progress made therein.

    Visit Lacking All Conviction, your patch of grey on those too-sunny days.

    by eataTREE on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:40:16 AM PST

  •  Uh... (0+ / 0-)

    The word "conservatism" says it all. Conservatives in any country in the world (liberalism has different historical connotations differing from continent to continent and sometimes from country to country, conservatism doesn't) by nature are those who seek, mostly through political means, to conserve social mores, economic policy and political legislation of the past and cling on to the values they think are slipping away from them because of scientific and technological advances and human progress.

    It is a social/political philosophy based on stopping change and retaining a status quo, and sadly that status quo in the US has always disproportionally favored white males and the rich while basically ignoring anyone else's basic rights as much as conservatives can get away with in a democracy.

    Liberals obviously are willing to work for progress because they understand that the past was never the just utopia that some like to make it out to be and know that societies need to evolve to survive (hence, they're progressives). The difference couldn't be more clear-cut in this case, and I'm not one for simplifying matters at all.

    Maybe you mean this from a more religious standpoint - that you feel you need to identify yourself with the label of conservatism because traditionally, society used to be influenced by religion a lot more and you're "God-fearing", as you described it? If you're Christian, maybe you mean you don't agree with the so-called Christians in the US Republican Party who use religion as a means to promote greed, is that what you're saying? There's a popular sentiment that Jesus would be a socialist which definitely rings more true than the Republican Party's interpretation of the new testament.

    Republicans don't see responsibility as something that is needed for them, but that a so-called lack of it among the population stands in the way for them to enjoy even lower taxes.

    You're right, feeling that helping all needy citizens is actually a civic duty or responsibility is a liberal line of thinking, not a Republican one (nor is it a conservative one, actually). I guarantee you most conservatives call themselves that because they are afraid of change happening to good ol' America and turn that fear into anger and obstruction of social progress. What you're proposing about the rich and the poor is mostly a progressive issue.

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