Call me "Bob." Sorry that the article above speaks so condescendingly to me as if I don't have a mind of my own.
I hate regulation, but I also understand that absolute power corrupts absolutely. I understand that lack of regulation led to disgusting meat in the meat packing industry and sugar pills passing for tylenol. I understand that some health code standards are necessary. And that de-regulation led to some of the abuses in the financial services industry. I also understand that over-regulation is crippling businesses and Dodd Frank is creating unreasonable procedural requirements for institutions that are mostly in compliance.
I do not favor pet projects, pork, or wasteful spending. However, I have fought against rubber stamp conservatives who spit at every development project or stadium project.
I don't like over-simplified beliefs about spending. I hate Obamacare, but do not understand why conservatives also push back on streamlining healthcare costs and improving transparency in pricing to finally bring health care costs to a reasonable place.
I do not believe in rubber stamping. I believe in cost-benefit (understanding full well that ROI can easily be manipulated). There is no better example than conservatives throwing a shit fit over spending money on additional Census data. Because it costed money. Nevermind that that census data is used by small businesses everywhere to get market intelligence they cannot afford.
I find it insulting that the writer of the article suggested that this moderate faction is mindless. I am fiscally conservative, but I am not going to blindly say all spending is bad.