Writing for the Wall Street Journal, American Enterprise Institute president Arthur C. Brooks recently suggested that the G.O.P. is way off base in their assumptions about the moral arguments that resonate most with the American people. Their focus on the economic advantages of capitalism and "values-voter" issues like abortion and gay marriage miss the mark, Brooks suggests. Instead, Republicans must convince the electorate that they are just as concerned about the plight of the poor and downtrodden as Progressives, and further that Republican policies are more effective at addressing these problems than those implemented by the Liberal nanny state....
"What government exists for is to secure a free sphere within which every person has an equal opportunity to exercise their God-given talents for the betterment of themselves and mankind." Ah! Therein lies the rub. The current system of non-aid or disproportionate aid does neither. The kid from the ghetto does not have the same "equal opportunity" that a kid from a richer neighborhood does. Ironically, the most productive countries are those that impose a more-or-less permanent class separation so that the downtrodden "know their place." Maybe Ayn Rand was right in her belief in that. Only, she took government handouts too, as it turned out.
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