Been reading the various political posts and a lot of people seem to be voting republican because they're "fiscal conservatives" and not saying much more. To those of you who claim this I was wondering what you think of:
1) fiscal stimulus (I.e. Infrastructure spending) at the zero lower bound in light of the failure of quantitative easing to really move the needle on inflation expectations and the fact that we can borrow mad cheap at the moment and will need to pay for it eventually anyways.
2) moving to the gold standard (pretty sure Ted Cruz was advocating that at some point).
3) Paul Ryan's "balanced" budgets with their massive tax cuts alongside spending cuts that only pay for themselves because of magic asterisks beyond most reasonable estimates for the growth effects due to the tax cuts.
4) relatively small hits to growth in exchange for social benefits (e.g. Getting rid of the cap on social security taxes to fully fund and maybe expand the program), do you think their immoral or do you just not believe economists when they tell you the trade off is small.
5) Rawls v nozick and if nozick how you respond to calls for reparations for slavery in that context (I'd be surprised if your average monkey knew anything about this one, but I'd be really interested in a fiscal conservative's view on moral question when examined in the abstract).