Friday, January 15, 2016

John Kasich: Family Leave is Bad, Unless It's Good, Or Maybe...

what eye thynk:  Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich, a clueless Republican who...

  • called Pope Francis' support of environmental issues "pantheism" 
  • who oversaw his state becoming the first state to turn back standards and goals for renewable energy
  • who got caught using state resources to help the gas and oil industry design and sell their pro-fracking campaign
  • who thought working for Lehman Brothers during the 2008 economic collapse was "fantastic" 
  • who said he was "amazed" that educators wanted to include historical contributions made by members of the LGBT community in their lesson plans
  • who suggested the creation of a Department of Religion
  • who requires that public schools who want to join his mentoring program partner with a religion-based organization first
  • who told seniors that, when it came to cuts in their Social Security, they would just have "to get over it"
  • who once joked about the little woman behind the politician, the woman who stays at home taking care of the small details like cooking and cleaning while her man goes out and basks in the praise of the multitudes
  • who has signed more anti-abortion legislation than any other Ohio governor in history
(Type "Kasich" in my search window and you'll find numerous articles referring to these facts)

  • who was recently asked if he supported paid family leave, specifically for new mothers.  Not surprisingly, he thought it was a bad idea.

He was, however, eager to offer an alternative solution: "The one thing we need to do for working women is give them the flexibility to be able to work at home on line," Kasich said. 

How the grocery store cashier, or the visiting nurse, or the teacher, or the tow truck driver, or the restaurant chef, or the electrician, or the police officer was going to make that work was not explained.  He also seemed to think that caring for a newborn was nothing more than stuffing a bottle in its face and changing a diaper once in a while, leaving plenty of time for on-line productivity--another example of the brand of disrespect Ohio women have come to know all too well.

He did add that, "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."

I don't know about you, but I think he just contradicted himself.  And does he really mean that a woman who has to return to work because her employer does not offer family leave will end up with an unhealthy child because she was an uninvolved mother?  Or is he trying to say that the possibility of having an unhealthy baby is a reason to disapprove of mandatory family leave?

Not only are his statements contradictory, they're incoherent.  

As an Ohioan, I'll admit I'm really not eager to have him back home full time, but I really, really cannot wish him on the rest of the country.  

Drop out, John, and save the other 49 states from your anti-women, anti-gay, anti-elderly, anti-environment, pro- religion  Christianity, disconnected policies.

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