Marco Rubio on Families & Children
The "success sequence"--education and kids after marriage
These are the two things--getting an education and avoiding having children until marriage--that are increasingly key to achieving the American Dream.
They are two critical paths of what social scientists call the "success sequence": First get an education, then get a job, and don't have children until you are married.
Studies of census data show that if all Americans first finished high school, worked full-time at whatever job their education qualified them for,
and then married at the same rate that Americans got married in 1970, the poverty rate would fall by an astonishing 70%.
Source: American Dreams, by Marco Rubio, p. 27
, Jan 13, 2015
Answers lie with family and our faith, not politicians
In the short time I've been here in Washington, nothing has frustrated me more than false choices like the ones the President laid out tonight.
We don't have to raise taxes to avoid the President's devastating cuts to our military.
Republicans have passed a plan that replaces these cuts with responsible spending reforms.
In order to balance our budget, the choice doesn't have to be either higher taxes or dramatic benefit cuts for those in need.
Instead we should grow our economy so that we create new taxpayers, not new taxes, and so our government can afford to help those who truly cannot help themselves.
And the truth is every problem can't be solved by government.
Many are caused by the moral breakdown in our society. And the answers to those challenges lie primarily in our families and our faiths, not our politicians.
Source: GOP Response to 2013 State of the Union Address
, Feb 12, 2013
Better life means your kids accomplish what you never could
[My parents] emigrated to America with little more than the hope of a better life. My dad was a bartender. My mom was a a maid and a stock clerk at K-Mart. They never made it big. And yet they were successful. Because just a few decades removed from
hopelessness, they made possible for us all the things that had been impossible for them.
Many nights I heard my father's keys jingling at the door as he came home after another 16-hour day. My Dad used to tell us: "In this country, you will be able
to accomplish all the things we never could." My father stood behind a bar in the back of the room all those years, so one day I could stand behind a podium in the front of a room. That journey, from behind that bar to behind this podium, goes
to the essence of the American miracle--dreams that are impossible anywhere else, come true here. We are all just a generation or two removed from someone who made our future the purpose of their lives.
Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech
, Aug 30, 2012
Elian Gonzalez should stay in US & father should join him
In 1999, a 6 year old boy and his mother boarded a small, crowded aluminum boat with a faulty motor in the hope of escaping oppression in Cuba. The mother and ten others perished on the journey when the motor quit. The boy, Elian Gonzalez, survived and
was found floating on an inner tube by 2 fishermen.
The INS placed him in the custody of relatives in Miami. Elian's father, with the support of the Castro regime, demanded his return to Cuba. Elian's Miami relatives refused. The vast majority of the
Cuban exile community, including me, wanted Elian to remain in the US, and his father to join him here. The notion that he be forcibly returned to a regime his mother had given her life to rescue him from was unfathomable to us.
To most other Americans
however, reuniting a motherless child with his father was obviously the right decision. The Elian Gonzalez saga polarized Miami and much of the nation. In some quarters, support for his father's custody rights took on a distinctly antiexile undertone.
Source: An American Son, by Marco Rubio, p.112-113
, Jun 19, 2012
Even single mothers see their hopes & dreams in firstborn
In a speech to the House, I told a hypothetical story of a young woman: "Today, somewhere in Florida, a young single mother will give birth to her first child. Maybe she comes from a broken home. She's probably grown up in poverty.
But, today, her life has changed forever. Today, she held her firstborn child in her arms for the first time. Today, when she looked into the eyes of her child for the first time she saw all the hopes and dreams she once had for herself.
And in her heart burns the hope that everything that has gone wrong with her life will go right for that child, that all the opportunities she never had, her child will."
All of my advisors had opposed using it, worried it made me sound like a
Democrat. Only one person had felt strongly I should keep it in the speech: Jeanette. I wanted to remind the members we had an obligation to use our time in public office to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we served.
Source: An American Son, by Marco Rubio, p.142-143
, Jun 19, 2012
Improve state-provided services for kids with disabilities
The most difficult issue we addressed that year concerned the treatment of children with autism. The advocacy group Autism Speaks had targeted Florida as part of a national campaign to mandate insurance coverage for autism.
I knew very little about the disorder before 2008, but that changed when Jeanette and I began to meet families of autistic children. We met with parents who couldn't afford the expensive early intervention their kids needed.
I impaneled a special committee charged with improving the services the state provided to children with disabilities. I made sure to appoint both Democrats and Republicans who had expressed an interest in the issue.
They produced sweeping legislation that could have helped thousands of families.
The senate passed an autism-only bill. We had had to settle for helping only some of them. It wasn't good enough, but it was something.
Source: An American Son, by Marco Rubio, p.158-159
, Jun 19, 2012
Hip-hop fan; "Ignore their politics & just enjoy the music"
Rubio liked to blast hip-hop on the stereo. "He can spit!" one young staffer marveled to a friend, invoking the slang term for singing rap lyrics. A love of rap wasn't exactly what they expected from the up-and-coming voice of righteous conservatism.
You know, I get in trouble when I talk about that a little bit, because maybe I shouldn't listen to that anymore, but the music is good, Rubio would later say. "[You've] just got to sometimes ignore what their politics may be and just enjoy the music."
Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p.151
, Jun 19, 2012
No gay couples as foster parents; no social experimentation
[Rubio launched a project to] collect ideas for improving state government. The "idea raisers" were the building blocks for a book that Rubio titled "100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future."
In general the book steered away from hot-button social issues, but when Rubio was asked about some of them, he didn't shy away from responding.
In April 2006 the state was being criticized for its inability to place foster children with families, a problem that had become so acute that some foster kids were forced to sleep in a state conference room.
Rubio dismissed expanding the program to include gay couples who wanted to take in children. "Some of these kids are the most disadvantaged in the state," Rubio said. "They shouldn't be forced to be part of a social experiment."
Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p.124-125
, Jun 19, 2012
We need a long-term commitment to Afghanistan
Rubio said he believes foreign policy should be "non-partisan as much as possible." But for a war-weary country, further American involvement anywhere can be a contentious issue. The senator said part of the problem in Afghanistan is that the
U.S. has not made a long-term commitment to the country, and some Afghans fear the prospects of cooperating with allied forces if Taliban were to rule again after the coalition leaves the country.
Source: MSNBC on Rubio's speech to Brookings Institution
, Apr 25, 2012
Parental notification for social networking website use
Protecting Florida's Children
- Limit the number of passengers who can be transported by drivers age 18 and under
- Require social networking sites to set up verification systems to require parental notification and consent for minors to use these
Source: 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future by Marco Rubio
, Nov 1, 2006
Halt illegal activities at strip clubs & porn websites
Our state in confronted with the problem of pornography. The amount of available pornography is growing every year, as is the number of people addicted to it. In 2000, over 60% of website visits were to pornographic sites, with over 80% of the visitors
to such sites jeopardizing their jobs and relationships.
Websites not only show pornographic material; some also serve as a clearinghouse for prostitution, setting up perverse sexual activities, and adulterous affairs.
Court has ruled that outright prohibition of nude dancing or photography is unconstitutional. However, the court never found that all forms of pornography must be allowed, nor has it prohibited the regulation of strip clubs that sell alcohol. Florida
must adopt regulations to halt the illegal activities occurring at strip clubs and on pornographic websites.
Solution: Eliminate anonymity and increase the costs to those arrested for and/or convicted of running a business that promotes sex crimes.
Source: 100 Innovative Ideas, by Marco Rubio, p. 67-68
, Nov 1, 2006
Increase $20M in tax credits for G-rated and PG-rated films
Currently, Florida invests in its film industry. This year it was $20 million. Florida should create a tax incentive program aimed at attracting more film production and TV series to the state, with priority given to those productions that are
given "family-friendly" ratings such as G or PG. Such a tax incentive program will ensure long-term stability and investment in the film and entertainment industry. Providing tax credits for a specified number of years will allow productions to plan ahea
with the certainty that the incentive will be available. Expanding the tax credit or providing a tax rebate to family friendly-rated productions would further promote Florida's commitment to family values. Providing four separate queues
will allow more of the industry to participate in the incentive and will increase production in the state by attracting more commercials and TV series to Florida.
Source: 100 Innovative Ideas, by Marco Rubio, p.145-146
, Nov 1, 2006
television, and episodic
- commercial and video
- TV pilots
- independent film
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