ROMNEY RECORD: Strengthening American Families

Governor Romney Believes Our Nation Is Stronger When We Have Stronger Families. The source of most of society's social problems can be traced to a breakdown of the family. Our society is wealthier, healthier and stronger when it has strong families. It is the strength of this nation's families that ultimately determines America's strength in the family of nations. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #1: Governor Romney Will Convene A White House Summit On Strengthening Families. As President, Governor Romney will act to strengthen the family, particularly in the inner cities of America. This White House Summit will be a springboard to develop new initiatives to strengthen families. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #2: Governor Romney Will Realign Government Incentives To Encourage Marriage, Not Penalize It. Today, a single mother with child care who marries the father of her child can lose as much as $6,000 a year in government benefits. Their combined incomes can disqualify them for Medicaid, housing vouchers, food stamps, and welfare. It is time to make fathers responsible for their child's health and care. Furthermore, we need to end the tax penalty on married couples. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #3: Governor Romney Will Reinstate The Family Impact Statement. In an effort to keep government from doing things that hurt and weaken families in America, President Ronald Reagan issued an Executive Order establishing a requirement that new government policies and programs be subject to the Family Impact Statement. However, this Executive Order was rescinded by President Clinton. As President, Governor Romney will reinstate the Family Impact Statement and initiate an audit of all current programs and policies which may negatively impact families. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

· Governor Romney Will Support The Rights Of Parents Who Are Not Always Consulted About Decisions Affecting Their Children. The work of being a parent is hard enough without the government making it harder. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #4: Governor Romney Will Champion A Federal Marriage Amendment To Protect Marriage As The Union Of A Man And A Woman. In Massachusetts, Governor Romney fought to promote traditional marriage after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized same-sex marriage. Governor Romney believes marriage is primarily about the development and nurturing of children. Every child deserves a mother and a father. Governor Romney is the only major Republican candidate who supports a federal amendment because it is the only way to truly protect marriage. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #5: Governor Romney Will Be A Pro-Life President. Governor Romney will appoint and fight for judges who follow the law and Constitution, who understand judicial restraint and will not legislate from the bench. As President, Governor Romney will promote pro-life polices. He will opposetaxpayer-funded abortion, partial-birth abortion, abortion in military clinics and funding of abortion in international aid programs. He will work to ban embryonic cloning. He will work to increase adoptions by making the adoption tax credit permanent and raising awareness about embryonic adoption, or snowflake babies. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #6: Governor Romney Will Fight The Modern Plague Of Internet Pornography, Especially As It Impacts Our Youth. We must clean up the culture that surrounds our children. Computer pornography has given new meaning to the words"home invasion." As President, Governor Romney will work to ensure that every home computer has an easy to engage pornography filter so that parents can protect their children. Predators who use the Internet to sexually assault children will be subject to a new "One Strike, You're Ours" law of imposing long prison sentences followed by lifetime GPS tracking. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #7: Governor Romney Will Take The Campaign Against Drugs To A New Level. We can do a better job educating our kids on the perils of drug use. Parents may be the best anti-drug there is. A study last month showed that young children who come from homes where families had dinner together five times a week or more were1/6th as likely to have used drugs. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #8: Governor Romney Will Ensure That Every Family Has Health Insurance. Using proven, free-market principles, Governor Romney's plan will ensure every citizen has health insurance, without new taxes, a government-run Hillary Care style system or socialized medicine. Governor Romney put these conservative principles to work in Massachusetts and the number of uninsured has been cut in half. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #9: Governor Romney Will Work To Better Schools And Better Education For Our Children. Governor Romney believes in school choice and that every child should have an equal opportunity to have a good education. He supported school choice and fought for charter schools in Massachusetts, and he will do the same thing in Washington. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

· For Parents Home Schooling Their Children, Governor Romney Proposes A Federal Tax Credit To Help Defray The Cost Of Home-Schooling Expenses. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #10: Governor Romney Will Help Parents Save For Their Children's Future College Education. He has proposed a middle-class tax-free savings program for every family earning $200,000 a year or less. Under his plan ,their tax rate on interest, dividends and capital gains will be absolutely zero. (Romney For President, "Strateg For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #11: Governor Romney Will Defend America's Religious Heritage. As President, Governor Romney will ensure that his Attorney General defends the free exercise of religion. The United States is a nation under God and should remain that way. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)

 

ACTION #12: As President, Governor Romney Will Lead By Example. The First Family represents America to the world and represents America to our children and grandchildren. As President, Governor Romney's family will live up to a higher standard and always try to make the American people proud. (Romney For President, "Strategy For A Stronger America: Strengthening Families," Press Release, 10/19/07)