Bottom line: "What does it do to the poor?"
Here's the statement that was my "aha" moment in terms of what matters most in public policy and politics. After I came across this in 1984, my once vascillating political orientation found "true north" on its compass. I continue to consider this the Biblical bottom line in terms of public policy and political discourse in local, regional, national and international arenas.
"The fundamental criteria by which all political and economic institutions and practices must be tested is just this: 'What do they do to the poor?' ... We must work for the day when practices which perpetuate poverty...have lost their legitimacy in the eyes of the people."
-- Nicholas Wolterstorff in Until Justice and Peace Embrace