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Does Poverty Still Matter?

RJBJr Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 12:22 PM
Republicans don't need a new political strategy. They need a new economic strategy. There are problems with the old capitalistic system. Republicans need to acknowledge that and update it to give far more people a better opportunity to get rich. If you don't, you're never going to win another election and the country will go off the cliff. You can improve the capitalist system without redistribution of wealth!
Kenneth L. Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 7:58 AM
I have a feeling it would be fun to pursue this discussion if space permitted. But we are reduced to very brief comments, easily misunderstood. If I am misunderstanding you, I apologize.
The humungous elephant in the room that you seem entirely oblivious to is that the "problems with the old capitalistic system" have been CAUSED by government. Democrats have blood on their hands in every poverty-stricken neighborhood, especially the inner-city neighborhoods. If you identify with them you should be more rigorous in thinking through your economic philosophy. Redistribution of wealth will kill the golden goose.
smokindave Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 11:17 PM
Want to improve the system? You may want to start by insisting the young people stay in school and Pay ATTENTION! Not kidding. Employers want people for their good jobs who actually learned something. For those that want to go out on their own, what better place to learn the math, finance, history (yes, it does have a bearing on business), etc. than in free public schools? Next-lower tax rates. Who starts businesses? Not usually wealthy people. It's usually people looking for something better than what they have-lower to middle income. Give them more of their own cash to invest in themselves. There is nothing-nada-zero-in the Obama policies to encourage this.
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...