John Kerry Shares Our Values

John Kerry’s Plan
Supports quality education, good American jobs, improved child care, marriage between man and woman, with protection for all Americans from discrimination. Personally opposes abortion; will work across our differences to make abortion as rare as possible.

Values
Valuing Families

George Bush’s Record
Family income falls 3 years in a row, 1.65 million Americans lost jobs, 4.23 more Americans living in poverty. Underfunded “Leave No Child Behind” by $27 billion, proposes removing 1.3 million children from after-school care and 365,000 children from child care.

Stewardship– Work with Dignity
Will reduce deficit by 50%, create jobs with tax incentives for adding U.S. jobs, raise federal minimum wage, preserve tax cut for 98% of Americans Highest federal deficit in U.S. History ($422 billion). 1.65 million jobs lost – only president in 75 years to lose jobs. Unemployment up 28%, no increase in federal minimum wage.

Create good-paying jobs with tax incentives, ensure that work pays by increasing minimum wage, help families rise out of poverty by preserving and expanding affordable housing. Address homelessness, give tax credits for child care and community investments

Concern for the Poor and Vulnerable

Reduced work training and educational opportunities for poor to get ahead, 4.3 million more Americans live in poverty, 13 million American children in poverty, family income falls 3 years in a row. Hunger and homelessness have risen across America.

Caring for the Sick- Health Care
Provide health care for all American children, access for every American to high quality, affordable plans, extend care to 95% of Americans, lower family premiums by $1,000 year 5 million more Americans without health care - a record total of 45 million. Family premiums grow by $3500, prescription drugs costs increase 3.5 times faster inflation; Medicare costs up 17% for seniors in 1 year.

Hunger policy to eliminate hunger among children and the elderly. Sponsored Hunger to Harvest Bill to reduce hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa, provide food and medicine and U.S. resources to global health, AIDS, education, agriculture, free market, and debt relief.

Feeding the Hungry
Hunger and food insecurity increased in last 3 years, emergency food assistance requests increased by 17%, emergency shelter assistance requests increased by 13%, more people needing food stamps left out, don’t get help.

Protect air and water from mercury and arsenic, energy independence, clean, safe parks, remove toxins from communities, enforce clean water programs, protect public lands and national treasures

Respect for the Environment

Gutted Clean Air Act, allowing increased air pollution. Supports roll back of Clean Water Act; tried to allow increased arsenic in drinking water. No reduced mercury emissions until 2018. Blocks fuel efficiency efforts; cuts funding for energy independence.

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