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By David Coates

This ebook 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 each 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 package is helping to redress the conservative bias within the approach information and arguments are typically said. Coates argues that conservative media retailers are at present extra robust and diverse than liberal ones, contending that conservative arguments are usually awarded extra essentially than their much less simplistic, extra nuanced liberal possible choices. during this ebook, he offers the complexities of the conservative arguments whereas whilst clarifying liberal positions in user-friendly, daily language, so leveling the taking part in field.

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They see the last act in the drama, but never the prologue. K. poor to ‘‘get on their bikes and go find work,’’ just as his father had Cutting ‘‘Welfare’’ to Help the Poor 39 before him. But when jobs are scarce, you have to peddle farther. If you’re already trapped in urban poverty, the incline that you have to peddle up is steeper than in the suburban flatlands. If the world around you is racist, cycling alone can be dangerous if you’re black. If it’s sexist, women cyclists beware. The level playing field on which all of us are supposed to act with responsibility is just not there in a world scarred by inequalities of class, race, and gender that have built up over the generations.

S. income earners, taken in the form of outrageously generous payments that chief executive officers (CEOs) made to themselves. S. earners accounted for an amazing 24 percent of all the growth in aggregate wages and salaries. The top 10 percent took just a fraction under half of that growth. 33 If that was ‘‘trickle-down economics’’ at work, then Newton’s laws of gravity are clearly wrong: under present arrangements in the United States, money trickles upward, it would appear, not downward, and in quite some volume.

In 2003, the president signed into law legislation that lowered until 2008 the tax rates on capital gains, dividends, and business investment, and brought into immediate effect the reductions in individual income tax rates legislated in 2001. In 2006, the president brought forward an additional $70 billion worth of tax cuts, extending the main elements of the 2003 package until 2010. Tax changes of this kind garnered for the Bush White House extensive support within and beyond the Republican coalition, although none of the packages legislated into existence so far have satisfied the party’s right wing—at least not entirely.

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