Conservative assault on America’s families

Tom Paine
by Beth Shulman

05/08/07

Conservatism historically has seen government as a problem to overcome, an albatross. President Reagan stated it succinctly when he said, ‘we need to get government off our backs.’ Conservatives usually justify this negative view of government in the name of freedom. They conflate freedom with unregulated markets, anti-unionism, low taxes and a rabid individualism. Without so-called government interference, people would be free to make their own choices. But what has this restricted view of government and the notion of freedom it embraces meant for America’s families today? In one word: disaster. The ‘you are on your own’ notion of government and freedom has meant that American families must live with stagnant wages at a time of high profits and productivity without a way to get ahead no matter how hard they try...

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