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Brooks: Showing Concern For “the Poor” Should be Conservatives’ Top Priority

jimmylynn Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 3:02 PM
Brooks is saying something that makes sense. It's about messaging. Yes conservatives care about the poor primarily in that they want to lift people out of it. It's how you prtray your policies to the electorate. Brooks makes a good example with the school voucher issue. "Education innovation and school choice are not needed to fight rapacious unions and bureaucrats—too often the most prominent focus of conservative education concerns—but because poor children and their parents deserve better schools." Stick to your principles and policies but explain them in ways that show the benefit that the poor will derive from them.

So much time and money and digital ink has been spent in recent months trying to figure out “what went wrong” during the last election cycle. But perhaps the answer is simpler than we realize: Writing in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, AEI president Arthur C. Brooks argued that conservatives are failing to discuss an issue every voter in America cares deeply about -- namely, how to empower and improve the lives of poor people:

[T]here is only one statistic needed to explain the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. An April poll—which mirrored every other poll...