Why Conservatives Should Stop Ignoring Income Inequality

Income inequality is all the rage. It sounds good, it is sexy politics and it is exactly what conservatives should be talking about.

For the past few national election cycles, the Democratic Party has pushed a narrative that income inequality is the defining issue of the next generation. Even the term “income inequality” has become synonymous with Democrats, while Republicans rarely start the conversation on the issue.

The Huffington Post, Salon.com and the New York Times constantly report on income inequality, pitting the working and middle classes against the privileged, wealthiest one percent. It is a subject that the Left is always willing to talk about because their solution is ‘Give the government more money!’

However, conservatives and libertarians who reject the class warfare tactics of the Left should be more than willing to talk about income inequality, because the truth is, the Left has created this massive wage gap between the rich and poor.

Articles from Salon.com repeatedly discuss how the wealthy one percent control a majority of the wealth in the country. But, what the Left will never discuss is how their liberal, progressive policies have made the one percent richer and the poor even poorer.

Republican presidential-hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) should all put on their best Margaret Thatcher impersonation and talk about how the Left has institutionalized income inequality through their liberal tax codes and regulations.

In blue states, run by Democrats for decades, income inequality is horrendous. New York, California, Connecticut and Massachusetts all have deplorable records when it comes to income inequality.

In Los Angeles, the top five percent are earning 12 times more than the bottom 20 percent of residents. Other states who have had Democratic governors and legislatures are along these same lines.

And yet, all we ever hear from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is how the rich need to be taxed more and the poor need to be lifted up via the social programs from the federal government. But, that’s what California and Massachusetts have been doing for years, and like Thatcher says, it only makes the poor more poor and the rich more rich.

Why conservatives and libertarians are not calling Warren out is beyond reason. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio should be flocking to these income inequality statistics any chance they get, making the case that less federal government, less state government and less taxes is the key to closing the gap between the poor and rich.

Warren never stops talking about how the rich need to burdened with more taxes. Though, conservatives and libertarians should point out that she comes from one of the worst states when it comes to income inequality and it clearly is not working and has not worked.

When the rich are taxed more, it does not create more wealth for the poor, rather it creates more wealth for the government. In return, the government will use it in wasteful fashions like social programs, which it will claim will lift urban neighborhoods out of poverty. Nonetheless, that never, ever happens. We never hear about urban areas being saved by liberals.

Case in point: Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington DC.

Each of these cities has been controlled and burdened with the policies of the Left and for decades, they have failed the people they proclaim to be helping.

Maybe income inequality is the defining issue of the next generation, but only because it points out how the Left’s policies will fail the working class, middle class and young people.

Get on-board conservatives and libertarians. Make Thatcher proud.



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