Please read this article on reforming big government from The Claremont Institute. I rarely ask you to read something. It's more of a shotgun approach over here at VTOLing, but this is as good a summary of the conservative/progressive fiscal struggle as I have seen. You will be stunned by Chart A, Table A, and Table B. For some background on The Claremont Institute, click here.
This is where I hope Obama is headed. Pragmatic government. Lowering taxes, cutting waste, reforming entitlements, and truly fighting poverty for those who have nowhere else to turn.