Jesse Ventura on Families & Children

Former Independent MN Governor; possible Presidential Challenger


Hypocrisy to tell kids to abstain from sex

We--"the free love generation"--are now telling our children to abstain from sex? When I spoke at Carleton College, I told the young people: "Unless they were a virgin on their wedding day, anyone who preaches abstinence to you is a hypocrite." Two weeks later, Ann Coulter showed up at the same school, and one of the students raised his hand and asked her whether she'd been a virgin! It made the papers--and made me laugh. You know what Coulter did? Attacked the kid and changed the subject.
Source: Don`t Start the Revolution, by Jesse Ventura, p. 3 , Apr 1, 2008

No more tax subsidy for child care; parentsí responsibilty

In July, I got an avalanche of diapers in the mail, sent by angry parents who didnít like the fact that I wouldnít make other taxpayers pay for their kidsí day care. Iím still asking them, why did you have kids in the first place when you werenít ready to provide care for them? Terry and I waited five years to start a family. We didnít just do whatever we felt like doing, and then expect other citizens to pick up the tab.

I wish those folks would look at the issue with a little foresight: if I earmark day care money for 8,000 kids this year, how many kids do you think Iíll need to find it for next year? Rest assured, thereíd be more. Parents would see their neighbors getting it, and want it too. The responsible thing to do is harder than accepting a government handout.

Unfortunately the folks who criticized me as being heartless and anti-child would rather send me diapers than consider making the tougher, more responsible choice.

Source: Ainít Got Time To Bleed, p.287-8 , Jan 1, 1999

Community regulates behavior better than government

Over the past few decades, weíve gotten into the bad habit of looking to the government to solve every personal and social crisis that comes along. People have really come to misunderstand governmentís scope. Thereís only so much it can do. For one thing, itís a terrible social regulator. And morals and values arenít things that legislation can even touch. You canít legislate morality. It doesnít work.

There are other ways to handle those things, better ways. One is called parenting. The othe is called community. I was very fortunate: I was raised in a time and place where family and community were still very strong, when people fought to keep family and community and keep them respectable. If you got out of line, you had an army of family, friends, and neighbors who you knew would be personally disappointed in you--people you cared about and respected. Thatís a far more effective means of ďregulationĒ than anything government can do to you. And it doesnít even raise your taxes!

Source: Ainít Got Time To Bleed, p.262-3 , Jan 1, 1999

Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising.

Ventura adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

Growing evidence suggests that children from families in which fathers do not contribute their time and support endure a number of risk factors. Children with absent fathers are more likely to drop out of school, become teenage parents, develop drug or alcohol problems, or become involved in violent criminal behavior. Congress and the administration have recently proposed a number of federal programs to support state and local fatherhood initiatives.

NGAís Position

Governors believe that government at all levels can and should take immediate action to help reduce the number of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and encourage active participation by fathers of all ages in raising their children. Governors have played a leadership role at both the national and state level in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to strengthen the role of fathers in their childrensí lives. While many Governors are using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other federal program funds to support state-specific fatherhood initiatives, additional investment in fatherhood would broaden the population of fathers that can be served. Governors believe that there should be support of and coordination between existing programs and any new federal funding stream designated for fatherhood initiatives and that these new initiatives should not be funded at the expense of another vital human service program.
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA12 on Sep 7, 2001

Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives.

Ventura adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA policy HR-28. Fatherhood Policy 01-NGA6 on Aug 15, 2001

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