Our founding editor Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie) was having a conversation with a Palmetto State politico he greatly admires recently when she offered up some unsolicited criticism about (t)his website.

“Your ‘friends list’ is getting quite predictable,” she told him.

Then she rattled off a list of politicians frequently (excessively?) praised by FITS.  At the top of her list?  U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney – the first-term fiscal conservative who we believed would have been S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s best choice to replace Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate.

The implication? That we’ve become something of a broken record when it comes to certain public figures …

Our friend is correct: We do show inordinate amounts of love to Mulvaney (and a handful of other South Carolina politicians).  And yes … sometimes that gets quite “predictable” (i.e. boring).  Variety is the spice of life, whereas repetition is … well, not.

Believe us … we would love nothing more than to start showering praise on a broader number of recipients.  Not only would it break the monotony, but it would mean that more people were doing the right thing as it relates to the preservation of our liberties, the protection of our free market economy and the protection of our tax dollars.

Unfortunately, that’s not happening – and this website can’t play the game of praising people who don’t deserve it.

We do, however, spread the love even to fiscal liberals like Lindsey Graham when they do the right thing.

Yet while thousands of “conservative” politicians talk a big game, very few of them follow through on their rhetoric. They don’t do the right thing nearly as often as they should … which is one reason our nation finds itself in its current predicament.

Mulvaney? He’s the real deal … one of the only elected officials in Washington D.C. whose walk matches his talk.

The latest evidence of this symmetry is Mulvaney’s appearance at No. 6 on a list of the “10 Most Conservative Members of Congress,” published earlier this month by Business Insider.  The list tracks members’ votes on hundreds of issues and assigns them rankings based on how they voted in relation to their peers.

In other words of all 535 members of the legislative branch, only five were “more conservative” than Mulvaney. Not too shabby …

Once again, Mulvaney is voting in a manner consistent with (a) what he believes, (b) what he campaigned on, (c) what the “Republican” party is supposed to stand for, and (d) what will restore our nation’s fiscal footing.

He’s voting like a “conservative” should, basically.

As long as he keeps it up, this website will keep praising him. And as long as his colleagues keep saying one thing and doing another, this website will continue to expose their hypocrisy.

It really is that simple …