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Bobby Jindal on Families & Children

Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)


Family values reduce poverty; war on poverty doesn't

Morals and values affect everything in people's lives. Some Republicans believe we'll get more votes by focusing on free-market economics and ignoring all that "divisive" talk about values and morality. The trouble is that if we ignore more fundamental issues of right and wrong, we will fail.

Studies consistently show children in broken homes are four times more likely to live in poverty. The poverty rate for children of married couples is 8.2%, compared to 35.2%--four times higher--for children of single parents. While recognizing the heroic work done by single moms across the country, we cannot ignore the evidence that families matter, that children of two-parent households tend to do better, and that the family unit is the foundation of society.

We have spent trillions of dollars to fight poverty with meager results. Why? Because simply throwing money at the problem will not fix it. Poverty, like so many other economic problems, is not simply about money. It's about values that work.

Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.267 , Nov 15, 2010

Increase scrutiny & penalties for school child abuse

Next session we will build on our work to protect our children from those predators that prey on them. If I am known for one thing when I leave office I want it to be this....that we made Louisiana the safest place in America to raise children.

We will increase penalties for school employees who abuse or neglect special education students--including our deaf and blind students. We must take extra initiative to protect our children--especially when they are entrusted to the care of education professionals when their parents send them to school.

I will support legislation to increase penalties and background checks to make sure predators stay away from our kids--especially in our schools.

Next session, we will also work to take the next step in our involuntary civil commitment pilot program legislation passed last session. We will also work to impose additional penalties when sex offenders fail to submit to electronic monitoring as required by law.

Source: 2009 State of the State Address , Jan 8, 2009

2012 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Families & Children: Bobby Jindal on other issues:

LA Senatorial:
David Vitter
Mary Landrieu

Retiring to run for other office:

Running for Mayor:
CA-51:Bob Filner(D)

Running for Governor:
IN-6:Mike Pence(R)
WA-1:Jay Inslee(D)

Running for Senate:
AZ-6:Jeff Flake(R)
CT-5:Chris Murphy(R)
FL-14:Connie Mack(R)
HI-2:Mazie Hirono(D)
IN-2:Joe Donnelly(D)
MO-2:Todd Akin(R)
MT-0:Dennis Rehberg(R)
ND-0:Rick Berg(D)
NM-1:Martin Heinrich(D)
NV-1:Shelley Berkley(D)
WI-2:Tammy Baldwin(D)
2011-2012 Special Elections:
AZ-8:Gabby Giffords(D)
CA-36:Jane Harman(D)
CA-36:Janice Hahn(D)
NV-2:Dean Heller(R)
NV-2:Mark Amodei(R)
NY-9:Anthony Weiner(D)
NY-9:Bob Turner(R)
NY-26:Chris Lee(R)
NY-26:Kathleen Hochul(D)
OR-1:David Wu(D)
OR-1:Suzanne Bonamici(D)

Retiring 2012:
AR-4:Mike Ross(D)
AZ-8:Gabby Giffords(D)
CA-2:Wally Herger(R)
CA-6:Lynn Woolsey(D)
CA-18:Elton Gallegly(R)
CA-24:Dennis Cardoza(D)
CA-41:Jerry Lewis(R)
IL-12:Jerry Costello(D)
IN-5:Dan Burton(R)
KY-4:Geoff Davis(R)
MA-1:John Olver(D)
MA-4:Barney Frank(D)
MI-5:Dale Kildee(D)
NC-11:Heath Shuler(D)
NC-13:Brad Miller(D)
NY-22:Maurice Hinchey(D)
OH-7:Steve Austria(R)
OK-2:Dan Boren(D)
PA-19:Todd Platts(R)
TX-14:Ron Paul(R)
TX-20:Charles Gonzalez(D)
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