I've just finished listening to the audio book version of Cracking the Code. I understand what Thom wrote about conservatives preferring corporations and faith-based organizations to be in control of public programs rather than government entities, but this strikes me as a GLARING falacy. Corportations and faith-based organizaitons are still made up of and controlled by people who are supposedly inherently evil. So, how is a corporation any more amoral than a government? In the late 90s and early 2000s we saw a long string of corporate perp walks including WorldCom, Arthur Anderson, Enron, Waste Management, and Tyco.
It seems much more likely to me that conservatives want to divert public money, intended to provide public services, to for-profit corporations in which they have personal interests, e.g. Haliburton and Xe. Obviously since they are for-profit, this means we spend more money and need higher taxes to provide the same services that a non-profit government-based entity would cost. Profiteering of this sort seems amazingly hypocritical.
I have read Lakoff's Moral politics : What Conservatives Know that Liberals Don't and Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate. It still seems to me like selfishness is the primary conservative motivation.