Republicans have begun to speak publicly on the issue of poverty and to propose their own, more market-based solutions.....
Referring to President Obama and Democrats in Congress, [Sen. Marco Rubio said], "I just think their thinking on this is stale and old and doesn’t really address the magnitude of the problem."
Yet Rubio & Friends would have us return to the even older, virtually forgotten "market-based solutions" of the Gilded Age and Harding-to-Hoover (sort of) benign neglect; yes, those carefree eras of industrial violence, exploited workers, child labor, urban squalor, crushing rural poverty, successive and deeper and deeper depressions, monopolistic power, reigning oligopolies, unregulated corporate predations and their wholly owned politicians who steered the nation smack into FDR's government interventions and welfare state.
From any devout free-marketer's point of view, the American decades from the Civil War through the Great Crash--excepting the war-shortened annoyance of the Progressive Era-- either were, or certainly should have resulted in, a fucking socioeconomic paradise. Workers were "free" to individually contract their labor with owners of production, all manner of macroeconomic equilibriums were shorn of pesky central government interferences, women were women, men were men, and, as they say, sheep were nervous. Yet what did America instead experience? See above paragraph.
Along with newly elected pols' congressional orientations into how to secure a good parking spot as well as how best to extort more legal graft so that their reelections are just as secure, basic adult education courses in American history should be mandatory. I doubt there's more than a handful of tea-partying ideologues in Congress who could even begin to accurately, historically sketch what compelled the New Deal and the Great Society. Those they see as "stale and old," without possessing even the vaguest comprehension of the socioeconomic conditions that preceded them.