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What it Means to Be ‘Conservative’

Sometimes we might forget that being a Conservative means more than holding high the values of God, country, and family. It’s also about fiscal responsibility.
And yet, liberals continue to expect the government to be an all-knowing, all-pleasing provider, unwilling to let the resourcefulness of churches, private charities, or even ourselves to step in when needed. Just remember the finger-pointing among local and state officials in Louisiana after Hurrican Katrina and their unrealistic dependence on a inept federal agency to bail them out.
Our economy is booming, jobs are increasing, the stock market pushing higher, but the chants of rolling back tax breaks and the expansion of "give-a-way" social programs continue. It’s time for less dependency on government programs and the reiteration of one of our country’s Founding Fathers, Ben Franklin, who wisely noted that "God helps those who help themselves."

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Mr. Tabor, a conservative political activist based in Kernersville, N.C., is the author of "The Beast on the East River." In addition to writing a weekly column for HUMAN EVENTS, he is a contributing editor at His 60-second commentaries are heard on more than 250 stations daily. Contact him at

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