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Children’s Defense Fund Congressional Scorecard : How Did McCain and Obama Score? November 1, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in Barak Obama, children, economy, family, health care, John McCain, living wage, news, politics, secularism, socialism, welfare state.
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Children’s Defense Fund sells itself as a non-partisan organization fighting for the good of America’s children. From its secular-liberal perspective, it is seeking what Miriam Edelman believes is good for our children. A look at the scorecard contradicts the non-partisan part of its sales pitch. In all 10 categories, those who rate the best Senators and Representatives are exclusively Democrats and the worst are exclusively Republican. From Children’s Defense Fund’s leftist perspective, all non-partisan conservatives are the enemy of their liberal agenda for America’s children. That includes John McCain who score place him among the worst Senators even though he only voted on two of the 10 related issues.

Maybe I’m being a little extreme in my assessment of Children’s Defense Fund’s ranking of politicians and their voting behavior (or should it be orientation). To some readers, my introduction thus far might make an objective reassessment seem unlikely, but let me try it anyway.

The Scorecard evaluates Congresspersons based on their votes on 10 different bills or parts of bills.

The minimum wage bill (HR & S ) would raise minimum wage from $5.25 to $7.25. Opponents claim it will force employers to eliminate some low-wage jobs thus increasing unemployment. Proponents doubt it claiming it will help offset increasing prices fro consumer goods. Even with the increase, anyone working 40 hours a week at minimum wage still has below poverty level income.

Children’s Defense Fund’s efforts to move universal health care plan and state funded higher education does not solve and is not intended to solve the underlying problem. As Charles Reich has pointed out, the problem is the corporate-government partnership that creates and maintains poverty. Socialist programs proposed or supported by organizations like Children’s Defense Fund further erodes economic independence or liberty by increasing dependency of more and more Americans on federal and state welfare.

Like most other liberal organizations, Children’s Defense Fund is not merely seeking the well-being of America’s children. They are seeking a completely secular and socialist America over which the chosen secularists or liberals rule.

As I have written in other posts, their zealous support for the Democrat version of SCHIP shows the paternalism of their socialist-statist views. It seems evident that they intend to increase taxes on tobacco forcing low and middle-income people either to pay the increases or to quit smoking, which in turn will force the federal government to increase Medicare-Medicaid taxes to pay for middle- and low-income children’s health care.

What secularists do not want to do is change the current political economy to make business pay workers a livable wage while freezing prices because their benefactors would not like it. Children Defense Fund is not actually helping America’s children they are harming them and their families by not demanding genuine economic reform now.

What is as disturbing as their use of the poor to promote their agenda is their blatant opposition to our founders and their ideology. The familiar saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is true of the picture on the second page of the scorecard. The title states “These Fathers Are Behind In Their Child Support.” The picture below appears to be Benjamin Franklin and other leading founders. The message is that of radical secular fundamentalists. The religious-oriented founders were no count white men who didn’t have the best interest of America’s children at heart. Only leftist feminists do and especially black radical secularists.

Barak Obama is their champion. He is classified as one of their best supporting Senators. He scored only 10 points less than Hillary Clinton only because he was either absent or chose not to vote on four issues. Obama was most likely absent because he has stated his support for the Democrat’s version of the State Children’s Insurance Program, Head Start programs, funding college education, and universal health care. And, all of these legislative issues if passed move more low- and middle class into planned socialist (welfare) state dependency.

To view a copy of Children’s Defense Fund Scorecard, click here.

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