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

Johnny L. Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 11:10 PM
The problem is that in the media and politics "showing concern for the poor" means voting to take money from people who work and giving to people who don't. Republicans are for reasonable safety nets and private charitable giving. Democrats just vote to give other people's money away.

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...