The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

Alexis de Toqueville

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

The United States Capitol Building

The United States Capitol Building

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

The Continental Congress

The Continental Congress

George Washington at Valley Forge

George Washington at Valley Forge

Friday, March 23, 2012

How to Think about Inequality


by Peter Wehner, Robert P. Beschel Jr.
National Affairs
March 21, 2012
Income inequality as such is not the problem with our country today; an overly narrow focus on wealth gaps therefore distracts us from the very real challenges that do need to be met. Indeed, embracing policies aimed explicitly at leveling incomes is almost certain to harm both the rich and the poor—and it is not at all clear how such a universal reduction in prosperity would serve the cause of justice or benefit the nation. But as the rhetoric about inequality in this year’s election season makes clear, America still has a long way to go before it appreciates the dangers inherent in our fixation on income gaps. Only by framing the issue properly can conservatives refocus the country’s attention where it belongs, and thereby truly help the poor—by restoring their access to the opportunity that really constitutes, to borrow President Obama’s phrase, “the promise that’s at the very heart of America.”

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