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.”
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