Look at Teddy Roosevelt. A progressive conservative if there ever was one. His "Square Deal" actually reads like something Obama would pass.
Have your read the Progressive Caucus deficit proposal? The savings were just as significant as the Republican deal only the Progressive Caucus proposal hurt the least amount of people as possible.
They propose immediately doing away with the Bush tax cuts on the top 2%. Mainstream America wants that.
They propose making the capital gains tax more equitable so that it reflects at least the average tax rate of a middle class person. That's a no-brainer, the majority want that.
They propose significant cuts in corporate welfare. The majority are for that.
They propose fair and equitable cuts to the size of gov't, done with an ice pick and not a jack hammer.
They propose hundreds of billions in cuts in Medicare and Medicaid. Nobody's for that except Republicans and even the Republicans said no to that, go figure.
A surcharge on millionaires and billionaires that is modest enough that they won't feel it, but meaningful to tens of millions of citizens who need help urgently. A modest increase in taxes in bad times when some are doing better than at any other time in US history while tens of millions are either hungry or hungry for work is a patriotic sacrifice made to help form a more perfect union. A team is as strong as it's weakest link. Those hit the worst during the crash are middle-age people who had been working for quite some time, but now either find themselves totally unqualified for anything else or over-qualified for what there is. These are people that want to work.
Now, if you're telling me that it makes me a left-winger because I think the gov't can utilize its power to get 10 million people working again in the next 2 years, than I'm happy to be called a left-winger.
What's silly is that a right-winger no longer believes that good government is possible. They don't believe it can be made to run well, to help us instead of assisting in hurting us. They believe everything the gov't touches turns to shit. I think the average Republican voter today would be thrilled if a Republican majority could essentially close the federal gov't, give everybody a refund, and let us take care of ourselves.
I'm sorry, but it doesn't make me a left-winger because I'm uneasy about the fact that Republicans would prefer I live in 1872, you know, before there were laws protecting children from the abuses they had been facing in the workplace.
It also doesn't make me a left-winger because I think government can actually help to do big things. Or that it can be run efficiently.
The Progressive Caucus proposal was the most sensible proposal out there, and it's the kind of stuff Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower stood for.
About half the Democrats in congress today are where the center-right was 40 years ago and before that.
You have to raise as much revenue as what you cut. That's the only way out of this mess. A two-pronged approach. That's not a left-wing or right-wing issue because it's fair and balanced.
The free market works better when laws are enforced that protect average citizens from the rot we have seen in our capitalist system, rot that extends over to the federal gov't.
Glass-Steagall was working perfectly fine for America. A worthy and noble trait of being a conservative is that you're naturally apprehensive about seeing big changes. You prefer steadiness over flightiness; certainty over fickleness. Therefore, it is not conservative in any sense to allow Wall Street to write its own rules and then have paid automatons in congress passing these things into law. Letting that happen isn't conservative; it's decidedly a liberal thing to do. To say, "there you go, we wash our hands clean of this, let this do what it will, it must be free on its own terms", that's liberal! That's neo-liberalism economic philosophy. Only in America, conservatives call it conservatism.
There's nothing to beggar the mind about the left's plans for private enterprise, except that the main difference I see is that they are against corporate-socialism while Republicans are steadfast in their protection of corporate welfare. It's just another strange, bizarro issue in America where the left-wing is actually calling for conservatism while the right shouts for a neo-liberal ideology.