2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

 

Private/Faith-based Charity Not Government Welfare


Definition

Charity:
  1. Love; universal benevolence; good will.
  2. Liberality to the poor and the suffering, to benevolent institutions, or to worthy causes; generosity.
  3. Whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or suffering for their relief; alms; any act of kindness.
  4. A charitable institution, or a gift to create and support such an institution.
  5. Eleemosynary appointments [grants or devises] including relief of the poor or friendless, education, religious culture, and public institutions.
Welfare:
  1. financial aid and other benefits for people who are unemployed, below a specific income level, or otherwise requiring assistance, especially when provided by a government agency or program.
  2. concerning or designed to aid people who are poor, unemployed, or in need of assistance in some other way.
  3. receiving government financial aid or benefits because of income level, unemployment, or other conditions that create a need for assistance.

Constitutional Quotes

  •  None Found

2004 Republican Platform Quotes

  •  Introduction and Preamble
    •  Our plans focus on ensuring that America remains safe, terrorists are defeated, and democracy flourishes in the world on promoting works of compassion and strengthening our greatest values
  •  Winning the War on Terror
    •  Building a Better World Based on Democratic Governments, Free Markets, and International Compassion
      •  Republicans applaud President Bush for launching groundbreaking efforts to address the needs and hopes of the world's poor, cutting across traditional boundaries to focus on what works. We agree with President Bush that the United States must use this moment of opportunity to extend the benefits of freedom across the globe - by actively working to bring the hope of democracy, development, free markets, and free trade to every corner of the world.
      •  Republicans support the President's goal to help unleash the productive potential of individuals in all nations. The United States and other developed countries should set an ambitious and specific target: to double the size of the world's poorest economies within a decade.
      •  We endorse the strategies that the United States is pursuing to achieve this goal, including:
        • insisting upon measurable results to ensure that development assistance is actually making a difference in the lives of the world's poor;
    •  Africa
      •  We applaud the numerous African, American, and other international private organizations - including faith-based groups, hospitals, medical schools, corporations, and philanthropies - that are helping the people of Africa as they fight HIV/AIDS with courage.
  •  Ushering in an Ownership Era
    •  Tax Relief: Making it Happen, Making it Permanent
      •  We believe that good government is based on a system of limited taxes and spending. Furthermore, we believe that the federal government should be limited and restricted to the functions mandated by the United States Constitution. The taxation system should not be used to redistribute wealth or fund ever-increasing entitlements and social programs.
  •  Building an Innovative, Globally Competitive Economy
    •  Tax Reform
      •  Because of the vital role of religious and fraternal benevolent societies in fostering charity and patriotism, they should not be subject to taxation.
  •  Strengthening Our Communities
    •  Revitalizing America's Cities
      •  His Faith-Based Initiative is extending the work of religious and charitable groups that operate in cities - serving meals, helping the homeless, and providing mentors for children.
    •  Helping Ex-Offenders Contribute to Society
      •  The initiative will harness the resources and experience of faith-based and community organizations in providing job training and placement services to 50,000 non-violent adult ex-offenders, transitional housing for up to 30,000, and voluntary mentoring support for those desiring it.
    •  Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
      •  The renewal of entire communities is an awesome task that involves one human face, and one human heart at a time. But the American people have a long and seasoned history of working wonders. Government does have a role to play, but as a partner, not a rival, to the armies of compassion. These forces have roots in the areas they serve, often based in local churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. Their leaders are people to whom the disadvantaged are not statistics, but neighbors, friends, and moral individuals created in the image of God.
      •  We applaud President Bush's efforts to promote the generous and compassionate work of America's faith-based and neighborhood charities. The President established the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in the White House to coordinate federal, state, and local efforts to tear down barriers that have prevented religiously affiliated groups from applying for government grants on an equal footing with secular organizations. While the federal government must not promote religious activity, advocate on behalf of any religion, or fund any organization that discriminates on the basis of religion when providing taxpayer-funded services, no organization should be disqualified from receiving federal funds simply because it displays religious symbols, has a statement of faith in its mission statement, or has a religious leader on its board. As a result of the President's leadership, the federal government is ending discrimination against faith-based organizations and now welcomes these groups as partners and allies in the effort to deliver social services to people in need. Faith-based groups must show that their programs are effective at providing help - whether it be serving the needs of the homeless, mentoring children, or helping Americans who battle addiction. Faith can often be a crucial element in the struggle to overcome personal challenges - and now Americans have the option of receiving treatment that meets their physical as well as spiritual needs. We commend the President for his steadfast support of people and institutions of faith, and we urge the Congress to act on legislative proposals to enhance private-sector works of charity and compassion. We also affirm that the hiring rights of religious organizations must be maintained so that religious charities do not have to abandon their religious character in order to provide publicly funded services.
    •  Leading the Fight against HIV/AIDS - At Home and Abroad
      •  We fully support the use of faith-based organizations as partners on the ground in HIV/AIDS relief efforts because they often have the most capability, credibility, and conviction for performing this important work in different communities, regions, and countries.
  •  Protecting Our Families
    •  The Next Steps in Welfare Reform
      •  In 1996, the Republican Congress made history by passing welfare reform that revolutionized the way the government helps people build better lives for themselves. The federal government gave states the flexibility to manage the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and both states and federal authorities began treating welfare as a step up rather than a way of life. Since the 1996 Republican-led law, welfare caseloads have declined by half, and nearly three million Americans have been lifted out of poverty.
      •  We need to build on the results of the 1996 reforms and continue to move welfare recipients into jobs and off the welfare rolls. This is especially important for single women and mothers, who continue to rely on welfare and fear that they cannot find a job or enter a training program because they need to care for their children.
      •  We endorse President Bush's plan to extend the benefits of welfare reform by strengthening work requirements and promoting healthy marriages, and offering training, transportation, and child care services to help people become self-sufficient. Every American deserves a chance to know the pride of earning a paycheck and providing for his or her family.

Republican Private/Faith-based Charity Values

  •  Works of Compassion Should Be Promoted
  •  Unleash the Productive Potential of Individuals
  •  Taxation System Should Not be Used to To Distribute Wealth or Fund Entitlements and Social Programs
  •  Government Should be a Partner, Not a Rival, to the Armies of Compassion
  •  Religious-based Organizations Should Not be Disqualified from Receiving Federal Funding
  •  Welfare Reforms Help People Become Self-sufficient

Administrative Policy Initiatives


Republican Sponsored Legislature


Judicial Cases

  •  None Found

Advocacy Organizations


Links of Interest


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