Republicans are finally talking about income inequality. But they're getting it all wrong.

The GOP has shown little fresh thinking on how to address the income gap

Trickle-down economics?
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Mitt Romney once said inequality was a divisive, inflammatory issue to be discussed only in "quiet rooms." Many of his fellow Republicans seemed to agree, attacking any mention of income gaps as "class warfare" or the "politics of envy." Recall the outrage on the right when Pope Francis critiqued the "trickle-down theories" of conservative economists.

But that was when the unemployment rate was a lot higher. With the economic recovery seemingly accelerating, Republicans are scrambling for relevant new ways to critique President Obama's economic performance. And some are suddenly expressing concern that the rising tide of economic growth is lifting only the yachts.

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