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

Mr. Simple Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 3:15 PM
Thank you Mr Brooks!!!! The whole Republican platform should be around an "Iron Clad Safety Net" . Because every republican I know cares about it and gives to organizations that provide such things. We just never talk about it to the degree needed. From this One principle every other idea is spawned. Example: Do we really need this program or can we use fund more effectively for the safety net? Do we need big bird or could we use the funds to strengthen after school day care? Everything that doesn't take care of poor, interstate commerce, defense goes.
Joseph64 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 3:26 PM
We do not need government safety nets. Helping the poor is the province of private charity and not government.
RiffRaff Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 3:31 PM
Helping the poor is a matter of helping them desire self-sufficiency and giving them the tools to earn it. The willful poor is what a spoiled, overly emotional society such as our creates.
Mr. Simple Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 4:03 PM
In a perfect world....

As the gov't we need to make sure it is there, as repubs, it would probably a mixture of both
GustaveMolinari Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 3:19 PM
Speaking of Sesame Street even when I was a kid I was repelled by it's community oriented (ie communistic/socialist/marxist) stink.

Govt run compassion is repulsive.

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...