Democrats are fond of trotting out tired old lines like “war on women” or “cutting taxes for the rich” when arguing with their Republican counterparts; it’s their best weapon in the battle over policy. The reason they’re forced to resort to these tactics is because they hardly ever win on just the merits of their arguments – so they are forced to turn to rhetorical attacks to undermine their opponents. One such rhetorical flourish is when they imply (or just outright say) that Republicans “don’t care about the poor.” The liberal politician and activist like to pretend that because we are against forcing some to pay for the goods and services of others, that we are somehow “against” the poor.
It’s just not true.
The truth is that we conservatives believe that our policies – free market driven policies based on liberty and opportunity – are the ideas which will best help the poor out of their economic situations. What proof do we have? Hundreds of years of capitalist policies that have done more to lift people out of poverty than any government program could ever hope to achieve.
Well, in Washington on Tuesday Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) went after the Obama administration for hurting the poor in her own state. Over the last several years the Obama administration has forced American energy prices to steadily rise, and the group that has been most affected has been the working poor.
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