If conservatives hold that market mechanisms are optimal, or at least adequate, to discharge society’s obligation to the poor, then why do so many of them advocate policy changes which incentivize savings? This paper will answer that question three ways. Conservatives have power-political, ideological, and ethical reasons to support asset formation among low-income families.
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