Of all the issues that separate liberals from conservatives, I’d argue inequality is the one where the two sides are the furthest apart on. Typically liberals vent about the pay of corporate CEOs or bankers and compare their salaries to minimum wage workers, teachers or anyone that gets paid less. Then they advocate for higher taxes on the rich or higher minimum wages as the means to fix inequality. Conservatives usually counter with something along the lines of “the free market should decide what we make for what we do.” Many than add “In America we promise equal opportunity not equality of outcome.”
If you’re a conservative, never say something like that!
It’s impossible to have equal opportunity for all. The rich will send their children to the best schools, their children will then exit without the burden of debt and be handed a good paying job from a successful relative. In other words, opportunity to succeed for the wealthy is bound to be far superior to the opportunity of success for the poor.
My advice to all Republicans/conservatives is to embrace inequality as being something completely healthy and natural within any capitalist system. Only under socialist governance is the liberal dream of equality possible and we all know what socialism does to economic growth. Of course liberals will counter by saying that “inequality has gotten worse” but they’ll fail to count the increase in food stamps, unemployment, housing assistance, EITC payments. But now we’re into the weeds, stick with the concept that equality isn’t something to be celebrated and there is no such thing as equality of opportunity.