Government Intervention Isn't Always Bad
Progressives have come a long way, Clinton being one of the best recent examples. Clinton believed it is worthwhile to keep government lean, mean, efficient and effective. Besides giving fiscal conservatives less red meat to justify throwing the baby out with the bath water, such an approach allows tax dollars to go further. In short, encouraging or rewarding government waste is bad publicity and bad policy.
I'm thinking of the Marshall Plan, the GI Bill, the great Interstate Highway System and the Space Program, to name just four expenditures that have paid for themselves many times over. It took great vision to foresee the monetary rewards that would arise from (re-)building infrastructure, educating more people, facilitating the transport of goods and sending humankind to space.
If only today's fiscal conservatives could understand and appreciate that aspect of government intervention, they might be inclined to support a program or two. But, instead, they pooh-pooh everything and then complain later when the consequences of their slashing and cutting become a public burden (e.g. unwanted pregnancy, increased homelessness, etc.).
This country needs visionaries like Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy, who looked to the best interest of the future of America rather than adhere to a strict ideological party line for its own sake.