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John Kasich on Families & Children

Former Republican Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President


Being a father is all about setting an example

I started looking at the world through a different lens once I became a father. I got around to it fairly late, and when I finally did I caught myself second-guessing a lot of my decisions, and wondering how my actions might make me look to my kids. Big things and small, it's all about setting an example, and taking the lead, so I make sure to keep my seat belt on even when I'm in the driveway, and I make sure to treat people decently, even when it's one of those telemarketers who seem always to interrupt us during dinner. Don't tell your daughters one thing and do something else, I've learned, because they don't care what you say; they care what you do, and they remember what you do, and they learn from what you do. Oh, you better believe it.

We should live like we're being monitored, because we are. We ARE being watched. We ARE setting an example. We ARE being judged.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 26-27 , May 10, 2006

Yesterday's R movies have become today's PG fare

I will never understand how yesterdays' R movies have become today's PG fare, and how what used to be unthinkable on prime-time network television is now so pervasive that most of us don't even think about it. I will never stop seeking the national conscience that ought to lie beneath everything that passes for entertainment.

And so I cringe instead, at the general coarsening of America's ethical standards, and when I'm done cringing I get to wondering if I've become so out of touch with the mores and manners of our popular culture that my own standards come across as old-fashioned.

I bought a new hip-hop CD, "Roots". I'm not a moralizer, and I like to think I have an open mind, but I've got to tell you I couldn't open it wide enough to accept such as this, and as I listened to the CD I kept coming back to the language. I won't repeat any of it here. There was no justifying it, really. I threw the CD in the trash.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p.198-203 , May 10, 2006

Expand day-care choices; remove subsidy restrictions

We must reform the laws which govern our nation’s day care centers. The federal government subsidizes day care centers across the nation. But it attaches so many strings and restrictions to the money it gives out that the subsidized centers often are not responding to the needs of the local parents. If the federal government is going to be involved in subsidizing day care, then our role should be to expand the choices of parents, not reduce them.
Source: Columbus (OH) Urban League Speech, May 17, 1999 , May 17, 1999

“Family-friendly” flex-time helps parents and business

We can provide flex time in the workplace to allow working parents more time with their children. Today, both parents are working in an overwhelming majority of American households. Research shows that “family-friendly” corporate policies not only help the family, but they also help the company as well. Family-friendly policies are shown to reduce burnout, absenteeism, and turnover, while at the same time increasing employment loyalty.
Source: Columbus (OH) Urban League Speech, May 17, 1999 , May 17, 1999

Restrict liability lawsuits to allow more on-site day-care

We must remove the frivolous liabilities that keep many businesses that want to provide on-site day care from being able to do so. What could be better for families today then being able to walk down the hall of your office and give your child attention? But too many companies in America are afraid to provide this service because of the legal liabilities involved. That doesn’t serve us. Our legal system should not be working against our working families.
Source: Columbus (OH) Urban League Speech, May 17, 1999 , May 17, 1999

Entertainment should not sabotage American culture

Business leaders, particularly in the entertainment and video game industry, have a social responsibility not to sabotage American culture in the name of profit. How can you make a game that rewards our children based on how much blood you can spill? How can you make a movie that celebrates senseless violence and expect it not to have any impact on our children? Not every dollar needs to be made just because it can be. Sometimes, the price of that profit is just too high.
Source: Columbus (OH) Urban League Speech, May 17, 1999 , May 17, 1999

Use tax code to reinforce families.

Kasich signed the Contract with America:

[As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bill]:

The Families Reinforcement Act:
Child support enforcement, tax incentives for adoption, strengthening rights of parents in their children’s education, stronger child pornography laws, and an elderly dependent care tax credit to reinforce the central role of families in American society.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA6 on Sep 27, 1994

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