Originally Posted by chiefzilla1501
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.
I'll put my evidence (Dave Lane vs. Rain Man vs. Flopnuts vs. chiefzilla vs. me) up against your opinion about the clarity of the distinction any day.