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By David Coates

This e-book 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 offers 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 heart of yankee politics. The resources and facts maintaining either conservative and liberal arguments are indexed in endnotes and built extra totally on an linked web publication site.

A Liberal software package is helping to redress the conservative bias within the method information and arguments are normally pronounced. Coates argues that conservative media retailers are at the moment extra strong and diverse than liberal ones, contending that conservative arguments are usually awarded extra essentially than their much less simplistic, extra nuanced liberal choices. during this publication, he provides the complexities of the conservative arguments whereas whilst clarifying liberal positions in uncomplicated, daily language, so leveling the taking part in field.

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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. It should have done so, but it didn’t. S. income earners, taken in the form of outrageously generous payments that chief executive officers (CEOs) made to themselves. S. earners accounted for an amazing 24 percent of all the growth in aggregate wages and salaries. The top 10 percent took just a fraction under half of that growth. 33 If that was ‘‘trickle-down economics’’ at work, then Newton’s laws of gravity are clearly wrong: under present arrangements in the United States, money trickles upward, it would appear, not downward, and in quite some volume.

But that’s not how the Conservative Right sees it. On the contrary, having a residual and modest welfare state is, for them, one of the key reasons why the United States is the richest country on earth. S. welfare provision to be made ever more residual and modest over time. In a manner and scale without precedence elsewhere, cutting welfare—either to the bone, or away completely—is regularly and seriously canvassed by conservative forces in the United States as the best way to help the poor. Their argument goes like this.

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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