We've had two major conservative presidents in the last 50 years: Reagan and Bush II. Reagan is still beloved by conservatives, and I'm sure most of Bush's 28% approval rating comes from conservatives. So, looking at the charts on this page, my conclusion is that the new conservativism is no longer fiscally prudent. They may talk a good line, but in fact they are Keysnian in their approach, and this approach is supported by their conservative base. http://www.cedarcomm.com/~stevelm1/usdebt.htm "In 2002 Bushâ€™s increase of the debt was 24 times greater than Clintonâ€™s last year in office, 430 billion v. 18 billion. In a matter of only two years neo-con leadership had managed to get spending completely out of control."