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Kristof: Where GOP Gets It Right

Nicholas Kristof on ways the GOP gets it right on poverty (but wrong on policy) in The New York Times.

So, come on, Republicans! You’ve highlighted enduring truths about the importance of family, jobs and school reform. But, while your diagnoses deserve respectful consideration, your prescriptions have mostly been proved wrong.

One more thing: These aren’t just abstract policies. These are ethical issues, touching on our obligations to fellow humans.

If we offer the needy nothing but slogans and reprimands — “Strengthen your family! Get a job! Get an education!” — then our antipoverty programs are a cruel joke as bankrupt as Marie Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake.”

Cross-posted from The Sensible Center

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  • slamfu

    This also applies to fiscal policy, foreign policy, social issues, and just about any other topic you can name.

  • sheknows

    In order for Republicans to truly address poverty they would have to first admit it is an economic problem and not a choice. That is not possible for them to do.
    That would mean that society has a responsibility to help if it has created an inequitable system. That would lead to another malignant social program in their estimation.
    But if you make poverty a personal failing, than it’s just tough love!! The poor need to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps”.

    Anything that requires them to contribute out of some moral sense of responsibility for their fellow man, is a Liberal concept that is destroying our nation.

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