Magazine June 24, 2019, Issue

A GOP for Parents

Policy should recognize the economic dimension and contributions of families

While running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, Donald Trump said that under him, “you’re going to have a worker’s party.” It was a marked contrast to the way Republicans had sounded only four years before, when the party convention in Tampa had returned again and again to the theme that the Obama administration did not respect businessmen.

Having long presented themselves as the political ally of entrepreneurs, Republicans are now in the midst of reinvention as a party of workers. Since more Americans are employees than employers, this shift has an obvious electoral logic. And it is a welcome

This article appears as “A Party for Parents” in the June 24, 2019, print edition of National Review.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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