Putting Families First

Senator Mike Lee
2015-01-20 13:49:17
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-mountaintop.jpg] Join my January Tele-townhall* [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/jan2015-teletownhall-invite.jpg] Click Here to Join [link 1]* * Putting Families First* There are many pressing issues that deserve our attention and require action � so many in fact that it can sometimes be difficult to keep them straight. But as I see it there is *one* issue � one challenge facing the American people today � that rises above the rest in its complexity, its magnitude, and the reach of its consequences. Directly or indirectly it affects nearly every other public issue you can think of, and should therefore be placed squarely at the center of our reform agenda. That issue is the family � its increasing importance and its declining stability � and I believe it may be the single defining challenge of our time. The family is the first and most important institution of our society � and the foundation of American exceptionalism. If the conservative movement � and the new majority in the 114th Congress � truly want to be pro-growth and pro-opportunity, our agenda must first and foremost be *pro-family*. The American family is always changing, but our nation�s dependence on the family never will. Families are what make us good and make us great. The heart of American exceptionalism is not bankers in a boardroom or politicians at a podium, but parents helping their kids with homework after dinner at the kitchen table. In the battle of ideas, it�s easy to forget *what* we�re really fighting for � and *who*. Washington too often forgets the family. We forget that economic growth and a strong national defense are not ends in themselves, but the means to the happiness of the people. The real work of America is not the projection of power or the accumulation of wealth, but the humble heroism of story time, soccer games, and visits to grandma�s. We must remember that the most audacious entrepreneurs in America are not the high-tech CEOs in Silicon Valley... they�re a young couple at an altar, saying �I do.� And the most important investments in our nation�s future are not issued on Wall Street... but are sleeping in their mothers� arms at the maternity unit of their local hospital. Building a new conservative agenda of reform around these moms and dads and kids � remembering America�s forgotten families � is the path to restoring the greatness of our nation. I delivered a speech last week to outline several of the proposals [link 2] that could remove the stresses put on the family.� Many of these stresses are the product of sclerotic government policies that are imposed on the American people by politicians who respond to change by doubling down on status quo policies we already know don�t work. � This is not how a government *of*, *by*, and *for* the people is supposed to conduct itself. Our economy and society are constantly changing. The government�s job *isn�t* to micromanage or resist those changes, but to remove any barriers facing the American people as they adapt to them. You can read the rest of the speech here [link 3].� I look forward to discussing these ideas and others in my first Tele-townhall of the new year on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. MT. Click here to join my Tele-townhall [link 4]* [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 5] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 6]
January 20, 2015

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Putting Families First

There are many pressing issues that deserve our attention and require action � so many in fact that it can sometimes be difficult to keep them straight.

But as I see it there is one issue � one challenge facing the American people today � that rises above the rest in its complexity, its magnitude, and the reach of its consequences. Directly or indirectly it affects nearly every other public issue you can think of, and should therefore be placed squarely at the center of our reform agenda.

That issue is the family � its increasing importance and its declining stability � and I believe it may be the single defining challenge of our time.

The family is the first and most important institution of our society � and the foundation of American exceptionalism.

If the conservative movement � and the new majority in the 114th Congress � truly want to be pro-growth and pro-opportunity, our agenda must first and foremost be pro-family.

The American family is always changing, but our nation�s dependence on the family never will. Families are what make us good and make us great.

The heart of American exceptionalism is not bankers in a boardroom or politicians at a podium, but parents helping their kids with homework after dinner at the kitchen table. In the battle of ideas, it�s easy to forget what we�re really fighting for � and who.

Washington too often forgets the family. We forget that economic growth and a strong national defense are not ends in themselves, but the means to the happiness of the people.

The real work of America is not the projection of power or the accumulation of wealth, but the humble heroism of story time, soccer games, and visits to grandma�s.

We must remember that the most audacious entrepreneurs in America are not the high-tech CEOs in Silicon Valley... they�re a young couple at an altar, saying �I do.�

And the most important investments in our nation�s future are not issued on Wall Street... but are sleeping in their mothers� arms at the maternity unit of their local hospital.

Building a new conservative agenda of reform around these moms and dads and kids � remembering America�s forgotten families � is the path to restoring the greatness of our nation.

that could remove the stresses put on the family.  Many of these stresses are the product of sclerotic government policies that are imposed on the American people by politicians who respond to change by doubling down on status quo policies we already know don�t work.  

This is not how a government of, by, and for the people is supposed to conduct itself. Our economy and society are constantly changing. The government�s job isn�t to micromanage or resist those changes, but to remove any barriers facing the American people as they adapt to them.

You can read the .  I look forward to discussing these ideas and others in my first Tele-townhall of the new year on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. MT.

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