Your Maximum Leader doesn’t really feel at home in the current iteration of the Republican party; and feels marginalized on the political right.
Your Maximum Leader is not a Tea Party type of fellow. He doesn’t think President Obama is a full-out Socialist. He doesn’t deny evolution. He is an old fashioned conservative. He would likely be labeled a RINO by many. Or a “Rockefeller Republican.” Or even a “Moderate.” Your Maximum Leader doesn’t think that he is any of those three things… But he is thinking that more and more he is becoming the old man yelling for the kids to get off his yard. Only in this case he is yelling at the kids that he is a true conservative and they are something else…
Your Maximum Leader believes in small government. But there is a role for government in society and it is possible for government to be too small. (Ours is too big now, by the way.) Your Maximum Leader believes that taxes are a price we pay for civilization. But he doesn’t see that tax cuts now will help our economic situation. (Neither will a tax increase by the way. Uncertainty - about all things economic is at the heart of our current crisis.) Your Maximum Leader is in favor of a strong national defense. And currently the US is overextended around the world and in need of a rethink of priorities. [...] Your Maximum Leader is a pretty traditional guy and does believe that permissiveness in many areas of civil society is damaging to that society in the long run. But he also believes that government is not the agent of social change many think it is and should be. Your Maximum Leader appreciates science and learning and is put off by those who seem to flaunt their ignorance.
So what is he to think? Your Maximum Leader likes to think he is a rational right-leaning fellow. That said he certainly doesn’t think that he is in the mainstream of the political right. Neither is he off to the far right. He thinks that the right have moved further right and he is looking to be more of a centre-right type of guy.
By the by, FLG believes that the problem here is that instead of being prudent and thoughtful about what policies are best in the long run, the current Republican party has becoming dogmatically fixated on things that are most of the time, but not always best in the long run. It seems to FLG that the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party has onto conclusions without regards to the reasoning behind them. Yes, in general, it's good to keep taxes low, but sometimes you need to raise them. Yes, in general, it's good for the government to run a balanced budget, but in times of economic distress it does help to run a deficit.
This isn't to say that the current administration has executed any of these things well, but that stimulus spending and taxes aren't per se socialist.