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Does Poverty Still Matter?

"But most voters do not disapprove of TANF, Medicaid, Head Start, and dozens of other programs aimed at the poor." "Most voters" may not, but conservatives definitely do disapprove of these expensive, wasteful, counter-productive, character-destroying, UNCONSTITUTIONAL, federal programs that reward failure, discourage self-improvement, create dependency, and enable laziness. The root causes of poverty are social in nature -- fatherless households, lack of personal restraint, and a culture of dependency rather than self-reliance. As long as Republicans shriek in horror any time a social conservative dares to raise his/her head the Republican party will be unable to take any effective action on poverty.
The Republican Party is picking up the pieces. Speaking of the ticket's loss for the first time since the election, Rep. Paul Ryan noted that many voters "don't think or know that we have good ideas" on fighting poverty and "helping people move up the ladder of life."

It's not surprising that Ryan, who got his start working for Jack Kemp and William Bennett at Empower America, sees the world this way. Though it's a total secret to members of the press and the Democratic Party, conservative intellectuals have been grappling with the problems of poverty in America for...