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Who Really Cares About the Poor?

Tom20 Wrote: Oct 14, 2012 10:40 PM
Remember, the goal of the left is not that poor people get jobs or become wealthier. It is that all people are equal; that no one has any more than someone else, no matter the risks that they take or how successful that their business efforts might be (and no matter how many jobs they might be able to create in the process). Given that, it does not matter to leftists/Democrats if socialism "works" in the way we think of something being successful or not. If everyone is equal, then, no matter the standard of living that everyone has, they will consider the condition of everyone to be a success.

Capitalism favors the rich. Socialism helps the poor. These are core beliefs of almost everybody on the left, including our president. Ah, but it turns out that this worldview is completely wrong.

Economists associated with the Fraser Institute and the Cato Institute have actually found a way to measure "economic freedom" and investigate what difference it makes in 141 countries around the world. This work has been in progress for several decades now and the evidence is stark. Economies that rely on private property, free markets and free trade, and avoid high taxes, regulation and inflation, grow more rapidly than...