Should they be praised for bringing up the issue at all, regardless of their proposals' shortcomings? Does paying lip service to an issue mean anything if a party's track record is backwards or they've long been silent about the issue?
The conservative worldview holds that, with its welfare checks and free lunches, the most pressing challenge our nation faces is that poverty here is just too awesome. The outlook isn't just idealistic: it's willfully, blindly naïve.
A meaningful debate about the path to recovery requires a careful examination of the uneven impact on African-American and Hispanic families and the role of racial discrimination in creating the ongoing distress.