Originally Posted by patteeu
I don't know if that growing crowd is all like minded though. "Socially liberal, fiscally conservative" means different things to different people. For example, is Obamacare a social issue or a fiscal issue? Welfare? Subsidized student loans? Housing?
Those are rhetorical questions because no matter what your view is, someone else who claims to be socially liberal but fiscally conservative sees it differently.
Are there any people who call themselves fiscally liberal, btw?
Edit: See, you're getting people like yourself, Rain Man, Flopnuts, and Dave Lane all claiming to be socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I could say the same thing about myself. That covers a pretty wide range of ideology. That kind of agreement is only possible when the words "socially liberal and fiscally conservative" have no clear meaning.
Fiscally conservative / socially liberal is a term I hear a lot. I always read "socially liberal" to talk about issues that don't have much financial impact. Civil rights, gay rights, abortion, etc....
Fiscal deals with financial impact and tends to be completely separate. Fiscal conservatives will say they want to limit government spending even if it positively impacts social groups but particularly for wasteful spending, whereas fiscally liberal will say that spending should be escalated and some of the more privileged should foot the bill.
I think the distinction is actually pretty crystal clear.