GOP Needs to Get Real About Caring for Poor
Arthur Brooks: Time for conservatives to focus on the needy
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 4, 2013 1:05 PM CST
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, accompanied by fellow GOP leaders, arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Republican Party has a serious image problem: Too many Americans think the GOP cares "only about the rich and powerful," writes Arthur Brooks at the Wall Street Journal. Indeed, Mitt Romney's 2012 loss can be linked to a single figure: The fact that as of April, just 33% of Americans thought he cared "about people like me." Focusing on growing the economy and "traditional values" isn't enough to get the GOP on the right track. Republicans, Brooks argues, "hand an argument with virtually 100% public support—care for the vulnerable—to progressives."

But progressive policies are "disastrous" for the poor, Brooks asserts, leading to everything "from welfare-induced dependency to failing schools that continue to trap millions of children." Free enterprise is the path out of poverty, and it's time for the GOP "to make improving the lives of vulnerable people the primary focus of authentically conservative policies. Entrepreneurship should be about celebrating regular people, not getting rich; conservatives should embrace immigrants looking to achieve success; corporate cronyism should be opposed. Such an approach is politically winning—and "the right thing to do." Click through for Brooks' full column.

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texron
Mar 5, 2013 7:04 PM CST
GOP ....means greedy old people......they are not going to change. Lucky for the rest of us.... THEY ARE DYING OUT AND BEING REPLACED BY ILLEGAL ALIENS !!!
jfarley
Mar 5, 2013 10:18 AM CST
The President got his tax hikes on the backs of the poor the GOP got their revenue cuts on the backs of the poor. Now sit down and do what your elected to do. We cant keep doing goverment on a basis of crisis after crises. Fix your problems and get along with each other and quit squabling like a little kid your, adults act like it. Notice how in the picture they all have that who are we going to screw over next smile. Also in my opnion their should be one rate of tax for everyone and all Americans should be treated equally but its not that way here, Its you gott to have connections and you got to have money to survive here. Bend over here it comes again Both sides did not wat this but they got it Stupid is as Stupid does. End of story.
BenDunn
Mar 5, 2013 8:18 AM CST
I Agree with one thing Progressives DO not want a Successful society, they want an impoverished society, Beholden to them!! Its all about control, Welfare is a Life long control over peoples lives, Democrats love to stayin power at the Expense of the POOR!!! Too bad all of you Needy bought into this, Now you are Stuck, You Feel Entitled to others money, you are part of the Problem!!