By Ken McIntyre
Liberals built a welfare state that doesn’t offer upward mobility to Americans trapped in poverty, “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance says, and conservatives should step forward and chart “a new direction” in government policy.
The best-selling writer, speaking Thursday at The Heritage Foundation for the think tank’s release of its 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity, said conservatives who better understand “broken homes and broken neighborhoods” will reach solutions that get better results.
“We know that we have a crisis of opportunity in the country,” Vance said.
Importantly, he said, Heritage’s index charting societal trends recognizes that the cultural disadvantage of some children “affects their opportunities and affects their likelihood of upward mobility later on.”
As a 4-year-old, Vance recalled, he saw one of his mother’s boyfriends attack her. Two decades later, as a student at Yale Law School, he mistreated his girlfriend and had no idea how to build a marriage and family.
Now Vance is the celebrated conservative sage of the white working class, though he didn’t vote for Donald Trump.
Readers of his memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” know that Vance’s father left home when he was a toddler. His mother, who came from the Kentucky hills and got hooked on hard drugs, would marry five times. He, his mother, and sister were always on the move, and Vance eventually chose to live with his maternal grandmother, as a profile in The Washington Post recounts.
Too often, Vance said at Heritage, those with more advantages blame and condemn the poor, the jobless, the addicted, and the preyed upon for their condition. He said:
But questions of individual responsibility are different than questions of culture. Questions of what I choose to do with my own life are different from where I grew up, from whether …read more
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