Casey DeSantis has always played a very active role in her husband’s administration.
She recently shared her model of success for helping struggling families in an op-ed she wrote for the Wall Street Journal.
And Casey DeSantis has an amazing plan to help put Americans on a path to prosperity without using big government.
Since his election in 2018, Casey DeSantis has been her husband’s most dedicated and valuable supporter.
Now that she is cancer free, Casey DeSantis is back working wide open on her mission to help Florida families.
In a recent op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Casey DeSantis wrote about the “Hope Florida, a Pathway to Prosperity” initiative that brings public and private sectors together to help families in need.
DeSantis began by pointing out how Americans have grown increasingly dependent on big government over the years, which she points out has been a total failure.
“Since 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson announced his ‘War on Poverty,’ more than $23 trillion has been spent on federal and state anti-poverty programs, with no meaningful improvement in poverty rates,” Casey DeSantis wrote. “After decades of failure, it’s time to try a community-based approach, in which government plays a role but is not the only solution.”
Instead of depending on the government for everything, DeSantis said Floridians have always shown “generosity and goodness” toward their neighbors “to help one another.”
When necessary, the “state government extends a helping hand” and gets “out of the way.”
DeSantis said the Hope Florida program has already helped nearly 50,000 people, and she hopes it could serve as “a model for America.”
With my Hope Florida initiative, we are uniting Florida's communities and working together to put parents and their children on a path to prosperity by maximizing community collaboration outside government.
— Casey DeSantis (@CaseyDeSantis) August 11, 2022
DeSantis said she traveled all around Florida and held discussions with “our faith-based communities, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local government partners” to better learn how to maximize community collaboration without using big government.
The Hope Florida program includes two key components.
Employees at the Department of Children and Families were turned into “Hope Navigators,” which DeSantis said “help parents identify barriers to their family’s prosperity, map out individualized plans, and make sure that the best nonprofit and private resources are a key part of the solution.”
The other component was developing a scalable method to activate faith and community-based organizations in the state to meet the immediate needs of people who may otherwise look to the government first for help.
DeSantis argued when the government gets out of the way, the American people step up and take care of their neighbors in their communities.
“We’ve found that once local community organizations learn of struggling moms, dads and their children, neighbors won’t let that family go hungry or homeless again,” Casey DeSantis wrote.
Casey DeSantis’ op-ed is a breath of fresh air in a world where government is usually the first solution suggested for virtually every problem that arises.
As Ronald Reagan famously said, “government is not the solution to our problems – government is the problem.”
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.