By David Coates

ISBN-10: 0275998665

ISBN-13: 9780275998660

This booklet brings jointly in a single position the liberal and conservative arguments that face the Republican and Democratic events within the run-up to the 2008 election. In every one bankruptcy, David Coates lays out the preferred conservative case after which provides a point-by-point liberal reaction. each one bankruptcy demanding situations right-wing methods of framing the problem and pulls dialogue again into the civilized middle of yank politics. The assets and proof maintaining either conservative and liberal arguments are indexed in endnotes and constructed extra totally on an linked web publication site.

A Liberal software equipment is helping to redress the conservative bias within the method information and arguments are commonly stated. Coates argues that conservative media retailers are at the moment extra strong and diverse than liberal ones, contending that conservative arguments are typically offered extra sincerely than their much less simplistic, extra nuanced liberal choices. during this publication, he offers the complexities of the conservative arguments whereas while clarifying liberal positions in elementary, daily language, so leveling the enjoying field.

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19 ‘‘The traditional welfare state’s core dilemma,’’ Robert Rector has written, ‘‘is that profligate spending intended to alleviate material poverty’’ actually ‘‘led to a dramatic increase in behavioral poverty . . ’’20 The liberals’ welfare programs did more than simply fail to solve poverty. They also damaged those for whom they were created. Fortunately, there is a better way out of poverty than welfare Once the true answers to poverty (school, work, and marriage) were recognized by the Republicans who swept to power in Congress in 1994, the solution was obvious.

S. economy, particularly in the 1990s. The Wonders of ‘‘Trickle-Down Economics’’ 25 The research data on the distribution of wealth are clear and disturbing. Reversing a long-term trend to greater wealth equality that began in 1929 and persisted through the 1970s, the last two decades have seen a sharp increase in inequality. ‘‘The share of the top 1 percent of wealth holders rose by 5 percent’’ between 1983 and 1998, Edward Wolff has reported, while ‘‘that of the bottom 40 percent showed an absolute decline.

29 A LIBERAL RESPONSE Oh, if it was only that simple. But, for the following reasons at least, it’s not. There’s more poverty out there than you might think It takes strong political nerves to get up in the morning, put on the expensive suit, and go tell Congress that being poor in the United States isn’t really being poor at all. Perhaps those who feel this way should try it for themselves. 30 What Mollie Orshansky came up with was not a relative Cutting ‘‘Welfare’’ to Help the Poor 37 measure of poverty but an absolute one—an income figure sensitive to family size and to rates of inflation—one that by 2004 defined the poverty threshold for a single individual as $9,827, and for a family of four as $19,157.

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