Originally Posted by BucEyedPea
Moderate usually means a mix from both sides but it does not have to divide along social or fiscal lines.
If your justified areas for spending are not based on Constitution though, then it's not fiscal conservativism.
There's another area besides social versus fiscaló and that is expansion of the central govt's powers. One of the main ideas behind our Constitution was to limit it's expansion and giving it more money doesn't do that. That giving it access to money easily would eventually reduce liberty.
So moderate's today, are in the BIG govt camp.
The idea that if you don't believe in rubber-stamping spending on constitutional principals, that makes you big government is silly.
I label myself as fiscally conservative because I believe every spending initiative should go through a sniff test, and that that has to go beyond profit/loss and ROI. I don't mind government spending as long as there's a clear benefit and as long as it can't be done more efficiently in the private sector. That means I reject probably about 3/4 of spending on principal. Only an extreme fiscal conservative would label that position as being pro-big government.