• • Making the GOP's Moral Arithmetic Numbers Add Up
Michael Mirmak, Wall Street Journal Altruism |Atlas Shrugged |Capitalism |Individual Rights | Regarding Arthur C. Brooks's "Republicans and Their Faulty Moral Arithmetic" (op-ed, March 4): At one point American conservatives believed as the Founders did, that the essence of good government was the protection of individual rights. [....] Now Mr. Brooks tells us that truly conservative government aims at preserving the "social safety net for the neediest citizens" and "improving the lives of vulnerable people." [....] American conservatives must choose between these two visions. You can have "Atlas Shrugged" or the Sermon on the Mount. You can't have both.