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

Raymond, (Ret) Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 5:14 PM
"Showing Concern For “the Poor” Should be Conservatives’ Top Priority"? 1. Republicans should take advice from their opponents? 2. This see,ms to be the latest Democrat talking point 3. The trap is that by 'showing concern' they mean supporting what Democrats do that they say is because of their concern for the poor. It is not that Republicans are not concerned about and do not want to help the poor. It is that Republicans do not agree with the means by which Democrats presume to help the poor. Government programs that simply grant 'the poor' material goods that the tjheir behavior does not yield is not helping them. How long has/will 'the war on poverty' go on with the poor growing poorer and larger before this is acknowledged?
Earl29 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 5:25 PM
Forever, I'm afraid, Raymond.
Raymond, (Ret) Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 5:20 PM
It is intellectual laziness to accuse Republicans of not caring for the poor just because they disagree with the means by which Democrats historically fail to do so. We do not disagreed that the poor should not be helped. We disagree on what constitute helping them.
Becca in TX Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 5:34 PM
Raymond-As Rush says, liberals measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. Conservatives measure compassion by how many people don't need welfare.
Dyadd Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 5:19 PM
GOP needs to find a much better way to help the poor - should not be too hard given the destructivem wasteful failure of the current system.

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 YouGov.com poll—which mirrored every other poll...