UL Around the Web: 5 Pro-Poor Policies Conservatives & Libertarians Should Enact


I have a new op-ed up on the blaze, the news website of Glenn Beck. In it, I focus on policies that conservatives and libertarians can push for to help out the poor:

Last week, Rep. Paul Ryan visited the Jack Kemp Foundation and gave an amazing speech. It was a speech that appeared aimed at Mitt Romney’s 47 percent remark, which many commentators felt alienated the party from the poor in America. It was a speech about his concern for the “40 percent of all children born into the lowest quintile” who “never rise above it.” It is heartening to hear a Republican say such things. For far too long conservative Republicans have avoided this issue, letting liberals beat them insensate on it. They will always win on emotions to help the poor (versus not helping), yet their poverty programs don’t help the poor; they are always traps. A true free market approach, on the other hand, will bring enormous prosperity to those at the bottom of the ladder, as the 20th century showed. Regrettably, the Republican Party hasn’t always taken a true free market approach.

Can it be done? Can Republicans articulate a strong free market message that simultaneously looks out for the poor? Absolutely. Heres five suggestions:

You didn’t think I was going to post the whole thing here, do you? I have to get people to read it on the site! But I can give you a quick list:

  1. End the Fed and establish hard money
  2. End all subsidies, loans, bailouts, barriers to entry, and all cronyism
  3. Sever health insurance from employment and reintroduce a proper price system
  4. Focus on Income Mobility as the left has focused on Income Equality
  5. Replace/reform entitlements and welfare with a Negative Income Tax
These are all things we should be gunning for, but so far, we really haven’t. Yet all of these will greatly benefit the poor, and will finally take that part of the political equation out from under the left. It’s a win-win.

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