Recognition of financial reality. Conservatives acknowledge that there is a limit as to how much of future revenue can be spent now (by means of borrowing) before you begin to unduly enslave the next generation. Money doesn't grow on trees. When you are as indebted as we are as a nation, the rational plan of action is to stimulate revenue growth, so as to have more money for debt repayment and increases in operational costs AFTER the debt is contained. Conservatism is the exact opposite of what is happening now.