SHIELDS: Republicans can win big in 2022 with child tax credit | Newstalk Florida

SHIELDS OF MIKE

This year, Republicans have a chance to win over suburban moms — a key demographic for electoral success — with one policy.

As inflation has soared to 40-year highs thanks to their economic mismanagement, the Democrats have once again tried to win over parents with “universal” proposals meant to blunt the rising cost of living. But in chasing endless bureaucracy, they abandoned a program that was working – the Monthly Child Tax Credit (CTC). The Republicans have an opening here.

The Republican Party has historically held a stronghold as the party of “family values,” though communicating those values ​​to suburban women has sometimes been a challenge. When it comes to voter messaging, the monthly CTC is a slam dunk. (RELATED: NICHOLS: Democrats risk losing two key demographics before 2024)

Passed in 1997 under President Newt Gingrich as part of his contract with America, the CLC was founded on conservative principles. By providing a tax refund to families based on their size and income level, the CTC gives parents the freedom to spend more on their family’s unique needs.

It’s more flexible, and therefore more helpful, than “universal” child care ever could be while helping Americans cover the rising cost of living that has been overlooked by the Biden administration.

First, in terms of both cost and accessibility of child care, the child tax credit ticks both boxes, while universal child care misses both. If you’ve listened to President Joe Biden, you might assume he was working to create a new universal child care program that would provide “free” access for families. It is neither free nor accessible to many families.

If universal child care were passed, state legislatures would have to pass their own laws to even access federal grants. They would have to create new agencies to manage the plans and raise taxes to pay for part of the program – ultimately taking on the full cost of maintaining the program as the federal funding tap is finally turned off.

Access to these “free” child care services is another matter altogether. In rural states like Montana, child care centers can’t even meet half the demand. Universal child care services often focus myopically on the need to support professional child care providers, but in rural areas there are not even enough providers to be subsidized. In rural areas, universal child care is bound to fail in terms of access.

Alternatively, the CTC gives parents the freedom to access professional childcare Where to choose parental custody without losing federal support or going through piles of paperwork to get it. It also prioritizes parental choice, with surveys showing that parents prefer parental care over professional care for young children.

Second, if the GOP wants to win back Congress midterm, it must take a stand for American families battling the rising cost of living that began its most dramatic rise under the Biden administration. A Republican Child Tax Credit can help in the simplest way: by giving them their money back. (RELATED: Biden tries to calm fears as inflation continues to soar)

A report from Moody’s Analytics found that inflation is costing the average US household an additional $296 per month. A Conservative version of the child tax credit could remain monthly as it is now, covering the cost of inflation on family budgets and demonstrating how Republicans can get things done for them if they win a majority in the Congress in 2023.

Supporting each family with CTC may seem completely different. For example, money can pay for car repairs that allow a parent to get to work. It can cover specialized care for a disabled child. If a large family has other childcare options, such as having an older sister babysit, the CTC allows that family to keep more of their money for other needs.

The impact of inflation is a blot on the resume of this Democratic-controlled Congress, which has spent its majority advancing programs that are too expensive to implement and not available to all families. It’s understandable that Democrats lean toward universal programs, but they can’t work for everyone in the real world. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Child tax credit drives Americans into entrepreneurship, has little effect on workforce)

The CLC could have been an easy victory for the Democrats. Its flexible and effective support for American families who meet parents where they are. It’s a good deal for the taxpayer, creating $8 in savings for every dollar spent to reduce child poverty. Parents don’t even have to know they qualify and are receiving the credit to receive it. Now, this is an opportunity Republicans should seize ahead of the midterm elections.

Family values ​​will always be a winnable issue for Republicans. Polls show that Americans have even more confidence in the Republican Party to ensure America’s prosperity. We should prioritize policies that build America within our families first. When Democrats inevitably campaign for more bureaucracy in 2022, the GOP should consider the monthly CTC as an alternative that actually works.

Mike Shields is the founder of Convergence Media and was previously the Republican National Committee’s chief of staff.


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