Marco Rubio on Families & Children
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
And Rubio made clear that military action should be on the table in Iran. "We should also be preparing our allies, and the world, for the reality that unfortunately, if all else fails, preventing a nuclear Iran may, tragically, require a military solution," he said.
Websites not only show pornographic material; some also serve as a clearinghouse for prostitution, setting up perverse sexual activities, and adulterous affairs.
The Supreme 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.
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