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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Liberal Hopes Ebb in Post-Storm Poverty Debate

Interesting article from the front page of the New York Times yesterday. Since Katrina, the issue of poverty has only illustrated the flaws in the policies supported by the liberals. I believe this article reinforces that spending cuts are the answer when it comes to dealing with poverty. Liberals argue these proposed spending cuts would jeopardize Medicaid and food stamps. But according to DeParle, conservatives believe that exposing poverty "gives them a chance to push their own solutions to the problem, like school vouchers or subsidies to help poor people accumulate assets. "

I think we provided a solid argument. A good read.....check it out.


  • At 8:56 PM, Blogger M. McKain said…

    This has been circulating in Democratic circles as well. We definatly need to do some soul-searching and come up with some new, innovative ideas of our own. Of course, Republicans now have their chance to see what they can do - of course, the one statistic in the piece doensn't bode well for supply side economics and the poor:

    "Economic growth is crucial to reducing poverty, but the effect of tax rates is less clear. In 1993, President Bill Clinton raised taxes on upper-income families, the economy boomed and poverty fell for the next seven years. In 2001, President Bush cut taxes deeply, but even with economic growth, the poverty rate has risen every year since."

  • At 12:04 AM, Blogger DERepublican said…

    Excellant post LALA! Welcome to RWB_Hens.

    Mike, in terms of the one paragraph you took out of context, i believe you're missing the point of the whole piece.

    The point was: Republicans are bringing new ideas to the table, whereas Democrats keep mentioning the same failed programs and ideas.

    "While the right has proposed alternatives including tax-free zones for businesses and school vouchers for students... the left has just talked up the old paradigm: 'let's expand what's failed before.'"

    One of the ideas that Liberal Democrats have advocated is to raise taxes on the upper-middle class, and businesses in order to expand the welfare state and Medicaid to cover those affected by the Hurricanes.

    Mike Pence was arguing against that. "Raising taxes in the wake of a national catastrophe would imperil the very economic growth we need to bring the Gulf Coast back..."

    So... just keep it in context.

    (and for anyone just reading the comments... definately read the linked article... it's a good one)

  • At 1:57 AM, Blogger M. McKain said…

    "We definatly [sic] need to do some soul-searching and come up with some new, innovative ideas of our own." - No, I got the point - we need to do better, and I agree. Heck, I was just stunned from seeing the NY Times quoted on the Republican blog ;-).

    We need to be very careful how we handle the tax situation, at least in regards to business based in the Gulf Coast. They're going to need their money to rebuild and create jobs - I understand that, so maybe tax-free zones, at least of a temporary nature, might be worth considering. We just need to make sure that we target tax cuts so that they are useful, and aren't just helping profitable companies be even more profitable - in other words, that these cuts are truly helping people and not just making the rich richer.

    At the same time, we need to be careful that we aren't cutting the very programs keeping these people afloat in order to "help" them. People living in a stadium aren't too concerned about waiting for upper class tax cuts to "trickle down," hopefully (theoretically) providing them with jobs. The American people have proved their generosity, but with the tragedy that occurred combined with a very costly war, sacrifices have to be made somewhere. Programs that aren't working need to be fixed, reduced, or eliminated, but while doing so, we must make sure that the most unfortunate among us don't pay the price.

  • At 8:21 AM, Blogger Ryan S. said…

    Right. There is no way we can afford everything so choices and scarifices must be made. We need to do only what is effective and usefull.


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