Sen. DeMint: "Fiscal Trouble" Is The Result Of "Damage To Our Culture"

March 28, 2011 2:37 pm ET — Julia Krieger & Brian Powell

This past weekend, top conservative leaders gathered in Des Moines for Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) Conservative Principles PAC Conference. In an interview with Political Correction, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) emphasized the importance of not 'compartmentalizing' social issues from fiscal policy. According to DeMint, "we're in fiscal trouble because we've done so much damage to our culture."

PC: What do you think is the most important social agenda here? You know, just being here in Steve King's state, he talks about, um —

DEMINT: The most important part of the social agenda is that it's an important part of the agenda. You can't separate it, you can't compartmentalize. One of the biggest fiscal problems we have in Washington is related to social issues in our country. So you can't say let's do fiscal now and do social later. The fact is we're in fiscal trouble because we've done so much damage to our culture.

PC: So you agree — that sounds exactly like what Steve King said in his op-ed in Politico a couple days ago, he said that our "social moderation" is — we need social moderation to fix our economic situation. Would you agree with that?

DEMINT: Well, we need to return to the original values and personal responsibility and just evaluate life and a lot of principles derived from faith. We can't separate them.


Last week, King penned an op-ed in Politico with the same sentiment as DeMint's, saying "social moderation has certainly contributed to the $14 trillion in national debt."

It's ironic that a fiscally conservative honor-roller such as DeMint is so intent on fusing issues of church and state that he not only identifies cultural damage as the main cause of America's financial problems, but he says twice that we "can't separate" them as a key part of fixing our economy.