Jim DeMint on Families & Children
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (SC-4)
Biblical values create work ethic and family responsibility
Today, we come together around those values that we know give life, meaning and have made our country successful. A lot of them are biblical values: love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. And those values, when translated
into how we live our lives, create individuals with a strong work ethic and personal responsibility. It creates people who are willing to sacrifice, who support marriage and family. These people don't need laws to make them do the right thing.
That's how we can be free as a nation, when folks share those values out across the country.
We don't need a police state to make us do the right thing. We don't need the federal government to force us or anyone else to carry out those values.
But what we do need is a federal government that doesn't create laws and court rulings that keep us from practicing those values in our lives.
Source: Speech at 2012 Values Voters Summit
, Sep 14, 2012
Dependency encourages social problems
Dependency often encourages other social problems. A 2011 editorial reported that 41% of children born in the US were born to unmarried mothers (up from 5% a half century ago, before welfare programs existed). That includes 73% of black children, 53% of
Hispanic children, and 29% of white children. The editorial provided overwhelming evidence that children of single mothers--particularly teen mothers--suffer disproportionately high poverty rates, impaired development, and low school performance.
Source: Now Or Never, by Sen. Jim DeMint, p. 29
, Jan 10, 2012
Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids.
Vote to adopt the conference report on the bill that would assign a national coordinator for AMBER alerts. AMBER alerts is an alert system for missing children, make available additional protections for children and set stricter punishments for sex offenders. Two-time child sex offenders would be subjected to mandatory life sentence. The measure would make it a crime to pander visual illustrations of children as child pornography. It would increase maximum sentences for a number of specified crimes against children. It would also make it a crime to take a trip to foreign countries and engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. It also would enlarge law enforcement's wiretap and electronic surveillance abilities in investigations of child pornography.
Reference: Child Abduction Prevention Act;
Bill S 151
; vote number 2003-127
on Apr 10, 2003
Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years.
Vote to pass a bill that would reduce taxes for married people by $399.2 billion over 10 years by doubling the couples' deduction and the child tax credit. Among other provisions, the bill would allow married couples filing jointly to claim a standard deduction equal to the deduction they would receive filing singly.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Weller, R-IL;
Bill HR 6
; vote number 2001-75
on Mar 29, 2001
Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record.
DeMint scores 100% by the Christian Coalition on family issues
The Christian Coalition was founded in 1989 by Dr. Pat Robertson to give Christians a voice in government. We represent millions of people of faith and enable them to have a strong, unified voice in the conversation we call democracy.
Our Five-Fold Mission: Our ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
Source: CC website 03n-CC on Dec 31, 2003
- Represent the pro-family point of view before local councils, school boards, state legislatures, and Congress
- Speak out in the public arena and in the media
- Train leaders for effective social and political action
- Inform pro-family voters about timely issues and legislation
- Protest anti-Christian bigotry and defend the rights of people of faith.
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