Three columns about various House GOP policy documents (with full columns embedded in each headline)

Republican Study Committee gets specific and positive (Sept. 29):

The House Republican Study Committee “gets it.” As Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin showed with his upset victory last year, parents standing up for their families comprise the most powerful newly galvanized force in American politics.

Hence the RSC’s just-released Family Policy Agenda, comprising more than 80 specific recommendations, many of them already in bill form, for protecting families from leftist attempts to impose state power and radical nostrums upon family life.

This agenda is remarkably substantive. It also makes for smart politics…..

GOP ‘Commitment to America’ (different from the Study Committee), led by Scalise, hits the right themes (Sept. 22):  House Republicans’ new “ Commitment to America ,” a campaign platform of sorts, sometimes falls short in specificity. But it draws clear contrasts between the Republican agenda and that of Democrats. The very goals of the two parties are so different as to provide voters a stark choice.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who took a lead role in drafting the Commitment, said the contrast is crucial…. Examples abound of the Commitment’s goals that are completely foreign to Democratic thinking….

“Parents’ Bill of Rights” is essential set of pledges (Sept. 24):  Of all the pledges in the House Republicans’ new manifesto called the “Commitment to America,” the one that may be most effective is the advocacy of a Parents Bill of Rights .

As my colleague Kaylee McGhee White noted here on Friday, and as Republican Glenn Youngkin showed in his upset victory for the Virginia governorship in 2021, parental rights and related educational issues now rank right at the top of voter concerns. And the voting public far prefers the Republican approach to the Democratic one.

Amid a host of examples of school boards or administrators either utterly refusing to be transparent about readings and book materials or else making access to such information prohibitively expensive or time-consuming, item one in the Parents Bill of Rights is essential — namely, the “right to know what’s being taught in schools and to see reading material.” Parents, not the state, have primary authority for raising their children, and the organs of the state, including public schools, serve rather than rule the parents…..


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