Here (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20781873/) former Fed legend, Alan Greenspan, a self described "libertarian Republican" bashes Bush for big govt. spending and outrageous deficits. Dick Cheney responds here (http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110010624) claiming that Greenspan is too quick to dismiss the administration's conservative credentials. You'll note, however, in his response that Cheney simply provides a new perspective to view Greenspan's assessment but never actually disputes any specific concept of the assessment itself. Also, and contrary to Cheney's defense, Reason notes that egg heads at George Mason and Washington Universities crunched numbers and their report echoes Greenspan's view. (Article here: http://www.reason.com/news/show/121457.html) So... this brings us to the tangible world of the here and now. Is Bush a fiscal conservative in principle? Probably. In actual policy? Probably not.