The Hill: Santorum: How to get family policy right for working families

Americans have a diminishing confidence in the government’s ability to solve problems. And paradoxically, it is that distrust of government that provides a unique opportunity for the government, now led by conservatives, to solve problems — especially those related to family policy.

Last year, then-candidate Donald Trump campaigned on an America First agenda. It was a message Americans were eager to hear. Trump’s stunning victory in November occurred because voters overwhelmingly endorsed his America First platform.

Americans in Stark, Sandusky, Ashtabula, Portage and Luzerne counties — to name only a few Democrat-stronghold in Ohio and Pennsylvania that President Obama once dominated — embraced Trump’s message and voted in November by large margins for the Republican candidate.

If Republicans hope to make that flip in those counties more permanent, rather than a one-off electoral abnormality, they must champion policies that directly help hardworking Americans. As I argued in my 2014 book Blue Collar Conservatives, for too long, policymakers have overlooked the unique needs of America’s blue-collar, working-class families. President Trump’s victory was due, in no small part, because he so adeptly tailored his message to this segment of the population.

Read more here: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/national-party-news/345388-santorum-how-to-get-family-policy-right-for-working

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