Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mythical Creatures

Quote from American Thinker:
 
I'm still searching for the mythical creature that is the "financially conservative, socially liberal" politician.  In virtually every case, the pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage politician is the first to vote against a tax cut, the first to vote for more spending and quick to compromise principles on any issue there is.
 
Using the National Journal's ratings of Senators in 2007 , the correlation coefficient between "economic" scores and "social" scores is 90%.  That means they almost always go together; financial conservatives are social conservatives and vice versa.   Every Senator scoring above 60 in economic issues, scored above 50 in social ones.  Every Senator scoring below 40 in economic issues, scored below 50 in social ones.  If there is such an animal as a "financial conservative, social liberal", it does not exist in the US Senate.
 

2 comments:

Clay Bowler said...

Wouldn't you be more likely to find that in the Libertarian party?

Big Rattler said...

You mean like pro-lifer Ron Paul?

Some libertarians are caught in an intellectual cross-fire, especially over the social issue of abortion.

One one side, some argue that it is nobody's business. On the other side, the action takes the life of the child and who stands up for them?

Also, how many libertarians are elected to vote on such issues? Very few when it comes to realpolitic.