alphatrigger saidYou are probably thinking of the Bush-era NeoConservatives, who are as you say, big government/big business war mongerers.
Not really conservatives in any sense that Barry Goldwater would have been proud of.
Old Right/Paleo-conservatives favor limited spending, lower taxes, greater individual liberty, very little (actually none) military interventionism, and sound money.
Classic Liberals (in the sense of Thomas Jefferson) valued a good many of these principles as well).
Modern Liberals tend to be heavily influenced by statism (the beliefthat an all-encompassing government that micro-manages everyone's lives from the cradle to the grave) and socialist dogma that "equalizes" everyone by disincentivizing hard work and ingenuity, and redistributes the rewards thereof to people who may not deserve it.
So in a sense, the terms "conservative" and "liberal" have been reversed over a number of generations, from their original meanings.
Your definition of what the "modern liberal" believes is a bunch of phony ass right-wing talking points BS.
Getting your info on what liberals believe FROM REPUBLICAN PROPAGANDIZERS - GUARANTEES that you'll get a deliberately distorted and false representation of what progressives ACTUALLY believe.
You can drag out your lame "statism" and "socialist" right-wing BS catchphrases, and say that they're the things progressives believe - BUT IT AIN"T GONNA MAKE IT SO.
It's no more legitimate than it would be for me to say that all Repubs are fascist Nazis.