‘The best fiscal conservatives in politics are all social conservatives’

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So says Washington Examiner columnist
Timothy P. Carney, in a
column hailing outgoing South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint as a
“libertarian hero.” Excerpt:

Until last year, DeMint was the only senator with a lifetime 100
percent from the Club for Growth. He still has a perfect record,
but now he has company: Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson — all
pro-life conservative freshmen derided as “Jim DeMint disciples” by
the likes of lobbyist Trent Lott. [...]
Look at the Club for Growth scorecard again. All the most
fiscally conservative senators are pro-life. You have to go down to
No. 27 in the Club’s rankings — Mark Kirk — to find a
pro-choicer.
Self-described “fiscal conservatives and social moderates”
almost never end up being both. Most end up embracing taxes,
regulation and spending like Mark Kirk, with a Club for Growth
lifetime score of 52 percent. The rest become pro-lifers like Pat
Toomey.
Traditional morality and limited government aren’t enemies.
They’re friends. DeMint proved that, and he left behind heirs who
will continue to do so.

Discuss.
In a February 2009 column about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s
“failure,”
I more or less agreed with Carney’s observation that social
moderates have been almost universally disappointing on fiscal
conservatism (though in fairness, so had just about every other
sitting politician at that moment). And in a post last week, Nick
Gillespie reminded us why DeMint’s libertarian shift is yet

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