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A Liberal Tool Kit: Progressive Responses to Conservative by David Coates

By David Coates

This ebook 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 yankee politics. The assets and facts maintaining either conservative and liberal arguments are indexed in endnotes and constructed extra absolutely on an linked web publication site.

A Liberal instrument equipment is helping to redress the conservative bias within the means information and arguments are often said. Coates argues that conservative media retailers are presently extra robust and various than liberal ones, contending that conservative arguments are usually provided extra in actual fact than their much less simplistic, extra nuanced liberal choices. during this publication, he offers the complexities of the conservative arguments whereas whilst clarifying liberal positions in basic, daily language, so leveling the taking part in field.

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Poor to ‘‘get on their bikes and go find work,’’ just as his father had Cutting ‘‘Welfare’’ to Help the Poor 39 before him. But when jobs are scarce, you have to peddle farther. If you’re already trapped in urban poverty, the incline that you have to peddle up is steeper than in the suburban flatlands. If the world around you is racist, cycling alone can be dangerous if you’re black. If it’s sexist, women cyclists beware. The level playing field on which all of us are supposed to act with responsibility is just not there in a world scarred by inequalities of class, race, and gender that have built up over the generations.

30 There was modest wage growth between 1995 and 2000 but it was not sustained. 31 Any increase in consumption that middle America has experienced of late has come not via any trickle down of wealth and income— except for that modest increase in real wages between 1995 and 2000—but from a steady increase in the hours worked and the personal debt levels carried by the average American household. S. economy in the 1990s. What is remarkable, however, is how little of that growth actually trickled down into higher living standards for middle America.

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. Instead of handouts and entitlements, the Gingrich Contract with America ushered in an era of personal responsibility, workfare, and the promotion of responsible parenthood. The 1996 Act took away entitlements to permanent welfare support, replacing the New Deal’s Aid to Families with Dependent Children with a new Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program that linked welfare to a commitment to work or seek work.

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