Mike Lee on Welfare & Poverty
"Immobility among the poor, who are being trapped in poverty by big-government programs; insecurity in the middle class, where families are struggling just to get by and can't seem to get ahead; and cronyist privilege at the top, where political and economic insiders twist the immense power of the federal government to profit at the expense of everyone else."
In contrast to the tired nostrums of "small government" and unrealistic assumptions that free markets will cure poverty, he explained, modern conservatism has to be about something bigger: "Not just by cutting big government, but by fixing broken government. Not just by making government smaller but by promoting bigger citizens, stronger families and more heroic communities. Our goal should be an America where everyone has a fair chance to pursue happiness--and find it. That's what it looks like when protest grows into reform."
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