What is a fiscal centrist?
Centrist in the American model of politics.
I agree with Obama in that, if we are truly going to be committed to eliminating the federal deficit, we are going to have to increase tax revenues. I agree with the Republicans, notably Paul Ryan (in principle, not methods) that we will also need to greatly reform our entitlement programs to achieve that end.
So I believe in both higher taxes AND reduced federal spending as a method of reducing or eliminating the federal deficit.
What are the individual rights that govt needs to protect?
That's the question, isn't it? I'm not sure it has a universal answer, but in the US we've outlined our rights as they are outlined in the Constitution. You're surely familiar with those.
3. What functions beyond that should it operate properly?
Social welfare, defense, consumer protectionism, education, etc.
There was NOTHING about RR tax decreases that were Keynesian.
Yes they were. You clearly don't understand what Keynesian means.
Lowering taxes with the intent of manipulating the economy IS very much Keynesian! Keynes was really the first economy who wrote that the government had a role or responsibility in the maintenance of a national economy. In that sense, he basically invented what we call macroeconomics.
So, yes, saying "we will lower taxes because it would be a government policy that benefits the American economy" is a Keynesian policy. You, and many on this board, seem to conflate Keynesianism with simple government spending, which is simply not accurate.
Another example of M.E. Obama = Reagan.
You're the one that keeps brining up morals. Where have I said anything about "morals"? I'm simply pointing out that Obama is not vastly different than many other predecessors. That's not "moral equivalency" in a vacuum. I guess it could be "moral equivalency" if you first define Obama as immoral.
Already proved that. His life.
Okay, how so? I'm not seeing it. Maybe there's something that I simply don't know. Please enlighten me.