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feels like it is skirting the point: "fiscal conservative" often means "wants to pay lower taxes" and reduced enforcement is like a narrowly targeted tax cut for tax cheats.

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Does "fiscal" modify "conservative" or does "conservative" modify "fiscal"?

I think in the old days, "fiscal conservative" meant "someone who is interested in fiscal policy, and wants to be conservative about that policy."

I think now it means "among the people who are conservatives, those who are focused on fiscal policy." An important but unacknowledged switch!

Among conservatives who are focused on fiscal policy, the preferred policy is to make rich people richer by whatever means necessary. Hence, reducing IRS collections is fiscal converatism. QED.

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You could substitute “family values”, “Constitutional”, “compassionate”, “America First” and any descriptor conservatives use to disguise the fact that they are actually the exact opposite of what they claim to be, starting with the term “conservative”. Coincidently, I just wrote something about this: https://open.substack.com/pub/hugodavis/p/what-i-mean-when-i-tell-people-im?r=7jbk0&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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The "flighty fiscal conservatives" in your footnote are the ONLY fiscal conservatives that I have witnessed in my 63 years on this earth. I was young and foolish enough to believe Ronald Reagan when he said he was a fiscal conservative and wanted to reduce spending and taxes. Of course, he reduced taxes but he just spent more (like virtually every president in my lifetime).

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Sharing this on FB. Us ordinary citizens need to understand the duplicity of our politicians (in case they aren't already aware if the blindingly obvious).

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Elcted Republicans view fiscal conservatism as tax cuts financed by debt or cuts to social spending.

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Drezner strikes again!

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Drezner, you’ve cornered market on liberal ignoramuses. DeSsanti is right. Teach the basics, not trans lies.

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Do under these naves, Dummycrat deficits are good.

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Dummycrats have no clue, plan or effort to balance budget. When you illegally grant entry to over 7 million criminals by crossing border illegally, why would you. Schumer is a destructive force to society.

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Federal Treasury and IRS have documented that treasury received record tax revenues in 20, 21, and 22, due to tax cuts.

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U S Treasury bright in record revenues in 21,22. Tax cuts worked, under JFK, and Reagan record GDP growth. Supply side works.

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"Toward a Vibes-Based Fiscal Conservatism"

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Trump and George W, destroyed fiscal conservatism. Biden as the non conservative too. Trump signed $8.5 trillion. W billions too on wars. Biden to date, $7 trillion. PAthetic

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Excellent column on the devolution of the term "fiscal conservative", with a great recommendation for reporters when writing about such folks!

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