Debate on “domestic issues” neglects child care, student aid, immigration and much more
Yesterday we asked whether the first presidential debate would tackle some of the most important issues facing children and families. After all, we’d been disappointed before, in the debates during the primaries. Well, last night’s debate, while spending a lot of time on Medicare and Social Security, completely neglected issues like child care, student aid and more.
Both candidates would gesture vaguely in the direction of the idea of budget cuts without actually naming what program would have to suffer. That’s because voters actually support the programs that are protecting families in these economically tough times. Support for child care, for example, lets parents know they get jobs without having to worry they won’t be able to find affordable, nurturing care for their children. Student aid, on the other hand, is the answer to the skyrocketing cost of a higher education in this country, and key to keeping our promise of the American Dream for our next generation. And none of us here can believe that neither candidate were prompted on the issue of immigration.
But if you came away from the debates wishing there’d be more substance on child issues, we’ve got some good news for you. Our Iowa member organization, the Child and Family Policy Center, has released its analysis of how the official party platforms discuss children’s issues. The guide stacks up Democratic and Republican philosophies on everything from child protection to teacher accountability to show where both parties really stand on the issues most important to families right now. Read the party platforms side-by-side and the analysis of presidential websites online.
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