John Kasich on Families & Children

Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President


CATCH court: prostitutes are victims of human trafficking

All these ladies are coming into Judge Paul Herbert's court. He's checking them out and putting them all in jail. They find out they've been human trafficked. They're prostitutes because they have a pimp who is out there putting them out on the street. Drugging them, beating them, all horrible things we can imagine. So the judge is the founder and driving force in Franklin County's CATCH court. Changing Actions to Change Habits. He began to realize that these people were not criminals. They were not defendants--they were victims. And they should not be subjected to criminal punishment from which they may never recover. His CATCH court diverts these victims into a two-year program that may include residential detox therapy, treatment for depression and other mental illness, and they can get help to find employment. And best of all, when they graduate, they have the opportunity to have their convictions dismissed and their records sealed. He has helped 200 women get assistance.
Source: 2017 Ohio State of the State address , Apr 5, 2017

Re-prioritize family planning funds away from abortion

Under Gov. John Kasich (R), countless people in Ohio have lost access to all forms of reproductive health care. But Kasich signed a bill cutting $1.3 million in funding to Planned Parenthood. The cuts [did not target abortion programs, but general health programs], and also targeted Planned Parenthood's infant mortality program--an issue Kasich falsely claimed to have addressed.

Kasich has used his tenure as governor to relentlessly attack women's health on multiple fronts. Kasich's aides drafted restrictive anti-abortion language in Ohio's 2013 budget, requiring licensing regulations for clinics. This led to the closure of half of the state's outpatient abortion clinics. The bill also contained provisions mandating ultrasounds for abortions, blocking funding for rape crisis centers that provide information about abortion, and "re-prioritizing" family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood to crisis pregnancy centers, which routinely lie to patients.

Source: Rewire.com FactCheck on 2018 Ohio Gubernatorial race , Mar 30, 2016

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

Paid maternity leave is reason for pay gap

Presidential candidate John Kasich gave us a peek into the Republican psyche last week, telling supporters in New Hampshire that paid leave is in fact bad for women. Kasich told the audience: "The one thing we need to do for working women is give them the flexibility to be able to work at home online."

"The reason why that's important is," Kasich went on, "when women take maternity leave or time to be with the children, then what happens is they fall behind on the experience level, which means that the pay becomes a differential."

Only a third of American women work for companies that offer paid maternity leave and 40% of American workers aren't even permitted to take unpaid leave, which means that Kasich can't really blame the "differential" in pay on new moms.

Just about all of the research out there finds that mothers and children (and dads!) thrive when parents have time to bond with babies. But the exhaustive data is probably beside the point for Kasich.

Source: Elle Magazine on 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 11, 2016

Offer maternity work-at-home, but not paid leave

Kasich was asked during a town-hall meeting where he stood on paid maternity leave. His answer was that women shouldn't be given additional paid leave but should get the chance to telecommute so they can stay competitive in their careers.

"The one thing we need to do for working women is to give them the flexibility to be able to work at home online," Kasich said. "When women take maternity leave or time to be with the children, then what happens is they fall behind on the experience level, which means that the pay becomes a differential. And we need to accommodate women who want to be at home, having a healthy baby and in fact being involved, however many years they want to take care of the family."

Virtually every other developed nation offers paid leave, often for several months. In the U.S., workers at companies that employ at least 50 are entitled only to unpaid leave--although about a third of corporations voluntarily offer several weeks of paid time off.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch on 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 9, 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

De-fund all family planning centers that discuss abortion

Kasich signed a bill that merges his party's anti-contraception and anti-abortion agendas into one. The budget bill packs a one-two-three punch of making it harder for women to prevent pregnancies, harder for women to terminate pregnancies, and harder for low-income women to keep their babies.

HB59 has a bunch of severe anti-abortion riders on it, including a mandatory ultrasound. The defunding of contraception services in the state may manage to do even more damage to women's health than the abortion restrictions.

Family planning centers will now basically not be able to get any funding at all for contraception services, even if they don't provide abortion. Merely making abortion referrals, which all medically respectable clinics do, is enough to make your clinic last priority for funding. And it's not just contraception providers that are hurt by acknowledging that abortion exists. If a rape crisis center counsels a woman who asks about abortion, they will also be defunded.

Source: Slate.com on Ohio legislative records: House Bill 59 , Jul 1, 2013

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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