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By David Coates

This publication 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 middle of yank 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 equipment is helping to redress the conservative bias within the manner information and arguments are more often than not said. Coates argues that conservative media retailers are at the moment extra strong and various than liberal ones, contending that conservative arguments are usually awarded extra sincerely than their much less simplistic, extra nuanced liberal choices. during this ebook, he offers the complexities of the conservative arguments whereas even as clarifying liberal positions in basic, daily language, so leveling the enjoying field.

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21 Money made by the rich, so the argument goes, will pull the poor up behind it. The Wonders of ‘‘Trickle-Down Economics’’ 23 A LIBERAL RESPONSE So what could possibly be wrong with that? The following things, at least. Don’t be so sure that it was the tax cuts that triggered economic growth Because two things coincide in time, it doesn’t automatically follow that they’re in any way causally related. That’s true no matter how many times the causal link between them is either stated or implied.

The only truly reliable route to a general rise in living standards is through a taxation system that rewards effort and enterprise. Because it’s successful entrepreneurs who pay by far the largest slice of federal income tax, cutting the taxes of the successful makes the most sense in the pursuit of economic growth. As Rush Limbaugh put it, ‘‘how in the world can anyone with a brain come forth and say ‘I am against tax cuts for the rich. ’’19 The fastest way to reduce the number of the American poor is to let the companies who can generate employment get on with the business of doing so.

Yet in this, as in so much else, the United States has proved to be unique. Unique in coverage: No universal system of health care, free at the point of use, emerged here in the late 1940s as it did in much of Western Europe. Unique in delivery system: From the early 1950s, pensions and health care were tied directly to wage settlements here, in wage-and-benefit packages with few foreign parallels. Unique in timing: The United States set the pace in the 1930s with the New Deal, and again in the late 1960s with its own War on Poverty.

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