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Lisa Miller analyzed a Pew report on the fiscal conservatism of evangelicals. Chait deflates my wishful thinking:

[I]f you look at programs that make up the bulk of the federal budget -- Medicare, Social Security, defense, and homeland security -- evangelicals support for spending cuts ranges from the low teens to the low twenties. Compared to other Americans, evangelicals are very slightly more likely to favor Medicare cuts (but still far less than 20% do), no more likely to favor Social Security cuts, and less likely to favor cuts to defense and homeland security.

I guess I was responding to the rhetoric, not the underlying practical reality. Christianists favor the biggest cuts in spending on the poor and unemployed and the smallest cuts in the military-industrial complex. Now you know a little why I find using the term "Christian" to describe this political ideology a little difficult. Bernstein nods and chips in his two cents:

What I suspect the polling shows, rather than anything particular about evangelical Christians, is the success of the GOP war on budgeting. Once fiscal conservatism, and even "balanced" budgets, are defined not as having government revenues equal spending but as not spending government money on things that the government (in one's opinion) should not be doing, then the conservative position makes sense. At least, in those terms. And evangelicals here are, near as I can tell, working within that conservative frame.

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