Arthur Brooks in the WSJ: A 47% solution for Romney

As the second presidential candidates debate draws near, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) president Arthur Brooks writes in the Wall Street Journal:

“Think of America in 2012 as an apartment building. In the penthouse, people are living pretty well—while the folks in the lower floors are getting flooded out. Unfortunately, the elevator hardly works anymore.  Mr. Obama's only solution is to throw rocks at the top floor. Mr. Romney needs to say how he intends to fix America's elevator.” 

Brooks points out that:

•    Median household income has fallen for five straight years

•    The true level of unemployment is still near 15%

•    The poverty rate is close to 12% and is not declining


He suggests three things:

•    The need to commit to an education system that serves kids, not rent-seeking adults.

•    A promise to fight for people of modest means who want to better their lives through hard work and private enterprise. At present, the government is working against them.

•    Family, community and work ethic matters. Because the “predictors of a happy, successful life are cultural,” go on the offense regarding the culture of family and work.

 

Arthur Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute and the author of the New York Times best-seller The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise (Basic Books, 2012). He can be reached through [email protected] (202.419.5213).

For help arranging an interview please contact:

TV Judy Mayka [email protected] / 202.862.4873

Radio Michael Pratt [email protected] / 202.862.5823

Print or Web Veronique Rodman [email protected] / 202.862.4871

Follow @AEInews

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Arthur C.
Brooks

What's new on AEI

We still don't know how many people Obamacare enrolled
image The war on invisible poverty
image Cutting fat from the budget
image Speaker of the House John Boehner on resetting America’s economic foundation
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 22
    MON
  • 23
    TUE
  • 24
    WED
  • 25
    THU
  • 26
    FRI
Monday, September 22, 2014 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Policy implications of the new US labor market normal

We welcome you to join us as a panel of economists discuss US wage and price prospects in the coming months and the implications for the Federal Reserve’s current unorthodox monetary policy.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled today.
No events scheduled this day.