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John Kasich on Families & Children

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

 


Put pimps in jail & treat women as victims of trafficking

Q: What should be done about deadly violence against women?

KASICH: Well, we have to have a war against that. There has got to be a place for young women to be able to go where they can do things in confidentiality, where there can be a rape kit that can last because sometimes women, after a month or two, want to move forward with prosecution. These laws are going to fundamentally be at the state level. But it doesn't mean that a president can't use a bully pulpit on some of these really significant moral issues. And I will do it. [In Ohio], we took on the issue of human trafficking. We have changed the laws around human trafficking where actually the woman who has been called a criminal has now been determined to be a victim. And now we're putting the pimps in jail and making sure the women can be rehabilitated in our state. It's a wonderful thing.

Source: 2016 CNN GOP Town Hall in South Carolina , Feb 18, 2016

A big mosaic: we all take care of each other

I believe we're part of a very big mosaic. The spirit of the America rests in all of us. It's in our guts. It's taking care of our children. It's taking care of the lady next door who just lost her husband. It's fixing the schools where we live and telling kids to stay off drugs. The spirit of America doesn't come from the top down. I want to call on everyone to realize that you were made special to heal this country and lift it for everyone.
Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina , Feb 13, 2016

We need to rebuild our families and neighborhoods

We have a problem here with the leadership in Washington, but I'll tell you another problem. We need to rebuild our families. We need to have stronger families. We need to know who our neighbors are. We need to come together as a country because we have to realize that America is great, not from the top-down. Oh yeah, we want to elect a good president, but America is great from the bottom-up, and the bottom-up is us in our families, in our communities, in our neighborhoods.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate , Oct 28, 2015

Nothing is more important to me than faith, family & friends

My father was a mailman. His father was a coal miner. My mother's mother could barely speak English. And their son today stands on this podium not only as the governor, but a candidate for president of the United States.

You know, I've had a lot of elections. But my elections are really not about campaigns. I tell my people that these are about a movement. And a movement to do what? To restore common sense. A movement to do things like provide economic growth. And a movement not to let anybody be behind.

You know, today the country is divided. We've got to unite our country again, because we're stronger when we are united and we are weaker when we are divided.

And we've got to listen to other people's voices, respect them. Because of how we respect human rights, because that we are a good force in the world, the Lord wants America to be strong. He wants America to succeed. And he wants America to lead. And nothing is more important to me than my family, my faith, and my friends.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

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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