A study from Depaul University political science professor Wayne Steger shows what has been obvious to anyone paying attention all along, that conservative Republicans only seem interested in fiscal responsibility when a Democrat is in office.
The study looked at how often the National Review, the preeminent magazine of conservative opinion, talks about terms like “balanced budget” and “cut spending” over time. The results are entirely unsurprising:
As Gregory Koger says about this study:
One explanation for these trends is that balancing the federal budget is not a genuine priority of conservative opinion-makers. Rather, it is a set of arguments trotted out while the opposing party is making budgetary decisions (presumably favoring Democratic constituencies), then shelved when Republicans are directing federal spending (including tax cuts) toward their constituents.
And that is the correct explanation. The claim of fiscal responsibility is nothing but a marketing slogan, one that is trotted out to sell themselves only when Democrats are in office.