There are two parties: The Santa Claus Party and the Grinch/Miser Party. One gives away free stuff and the other takes things away to hoard for themselves.
The Republican party needs to re-brand. It must be bold enough to offer a complete solution. Get rid of all deductions and all means-tested programs. Use that money to build a truly progressive flat-tax that does not discriminate between individuals. It begins with a 25% flat tax that applies to all income, which can be accurately collected by employers, thereby avoiding the need to file annual tax forms. Separately a monthly cash payment would bring everyone up to the poverty level as a starting point. For more detail watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OaQH0CjURM