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New Ideas Hunt

Monday, November 20, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Michael Barone asks from which areas ought the GOP’s new ideas to come.

He mentions school choice, and on the domestic front he’s absolutely correct to note that the continued collapse of many public education systems needs to be front and center in the presidential campaign and the campaign to retake Congress.  The abandonment of children to almost certain failure because of the horrific quality of many school systems is a scandal that requires a radical rethinking of the old approaches, though not a one-size fits all approach.  The Heritage Foundation’s focus on children and families will also provide some crucial parts of the new agenda.  (See FamilyFacts.org for Heritage’s handy one-stop summary of key research in the area.)

The availability of health insurance is also an area where major improvements can be achieved without embracing Hillarycare.  Mitt Romney’s health insurance mandate legislation is one model and there are others as well.  Seeking long term care insurance improvements –deductability of premiums?– is another crucial area for domestic innovation.

The big two issues will remain national security and judges.  My ABCNews.com column this morning is on the central nature of the judicial battles ahead.

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