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The GOP Needs To Become Invested In Family Policy

How can conservatives respond to the needs of working moms in order to advance a pro-family agenda?


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Margarita Mooney-Suarez of the Princeton Theological Seminary; Jenet Erickson, a fellow at the Insitute of Family Studies and the Wheatley Institute; and Brad Wilcox, a senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies and a professor at the University of Virginia, join Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss the Republican response to family policy.

“It’s time for us to move beyond Nikki Haley-ism, kind of classic fusionist thinking about family policy confusing with poverty policy and thinking about bold new policies that make it easier for working and middle-class families to have kids and to raise their kids successfully,” Wilcox said. “It’s also important for us to note on the conservative side ledger that if we don’t do this, we’re going to have to kind of cede the policy arena to people like Senator Elizabeth Warren or President Joe Biden who much more statist, workist agenda.”

We must also reframe the way we think about childcare, they said .

“The data show conclusively that women have different paths to fulfillment and work is a part of it,” Mooney-Suarez said. 

“You can’t pay anybody to do that for a child, that natural inborn capacity for parents to bond with children and impact their development,” Erickson added. “The government is not an effective replacement.”

Read Wilcox’s article “Why parents need the flexibility of cash payments more than universal child care” here.

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