Paul  Weyrich

The agenda also calls for energy independence through increased exploration. Congress has been beating up on oil companies because of the high cost of gasoline. Some energy companies bravely have pointed out that it is Congress which has prevented exploration. We have more than enough oil. We simply have not been permitted to drill for it.

Hensarling, in announcing the agenda, called for the development of a legal framework which allows the United States to prevent terrorist attacks.

Social-issue conservatives are attracted to the provision which calls for a moral approach for parents to protect and educate their children. This includes parental notification for minors who want an abortion and parental control over the family's personal educational decisions.

Finally, RSC calls for a welfare safety net which fosters marriage and work. Work requirements would be extended to food stamps and housing and encouraging parents to marry so that their children can be reared in two-parent homes. This agenda probably has somewhere between 70 to 80% support in the country. But school prayer always had that kind of percentage and there has only been one vote in the past 45 years.

One can hope now that the official GOP Leadership in the House will adopt and push this agenda. These issues are far better than anything we have heard out of Congress for several years.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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