***UPDATE, 10/14/2016: This article was written prior to the recent tapes of Mr. Trump speaking crude and objectifying words against women. As a result of these revelations, I have decided I will not be as vocal in my defense of Donald Trump as I was previously. Such words can never be condoned, no matter how liberal and one-sided the media reporting has become. Nonetheless, I feel it also necessary to clarify that I will still be voting for Mr. Trump come November. A Trump presidency is clearly preferable to a Clinton presidency, whose platform stands is direct conflict with the Catholic Church. Not only is Mrs. Clinton and her cabinet anti-Catholic on principle, they are anti-Catholic in their hearts (confirmed by the recent email leaks), which proposes an even greater threat to the Church in America.***
Donald Trump has been heading in a very positive direction lately. Not only does he surround himself with magnanimous people with very high integrity, such as Ben Carson and pro-life advocate Kellyanne Conway (who he recently appointed to head his campaign), but he has also been working closely with them to lay the ground-work for a very pro-family role of the US government.
When homeschoolers think of education reform, they often think of more government control; they think of restrictions, regulations, and ultimately, power taken away from the family and local level. But Mr. Trump has been showing that there are ways the government can help education without imposing more regulations and restrictions on families. He has been breaking the mold of the status quo and actually listening to people. His plans reflect this, and it seems child-care and education will be no different (for example, if he does implement homeschooling vouchers, which he has said he plans to, it will be unlike the typical vouchers we are used to, i.e., with strings attached). Indeed, the direction he is heading is all about giving more power to the family instead of less—very basic common sense things like school choice and tax deductions for stay-at-home mothers.
And Mr. Trump has already taken significant steps in this direction in his recent release of a “Child Care Reform” plan—one which is very much family-centered. This plan grants huge credits and tax deductions for working mothers, stay-at-home mothers, and those caring for the elderly. Some details of this plan are as follows;
- All child-care expenses will be tax deductible (from birth to age 13) up to $5,000/yr
- All elder-care expenses will be tax deductible up to $5,000/yr
- Paid maternity leave increased from 2 weeks to 6 weeks
- More tax credits and benefits for low-income, stay-at-home, and working mothers
In this plan, he writes the following;
“Importantly, the benefit would be provided to families who use stay-at-home parents or grandparents as well as those who use paid caregivers. This would level the playing field for parents when it comes to determining what’s in a family’s best interest. It would also be a belated recognition by the federal government of the economic value of the work provided by stay-at-home parents.”
Notice the wording here. There is a deliberate awareness of the governments anti-family laws on the books now, especially when it comes to homeschooling families. Homeschoolers more than anyone are aware of this. It has created a negative stigma in our society against homeschooling families and treats them—as it does with large families—almost with disdain and neglect.
The writing is on the wall. And if Donald Trump becomes president, I believe people will start to come around and see the good that he will do. Him and his daughter Ivanka are actually set on a path to make a major impact on how government treats the family, working mothers, and stay-at-home mothers. This will directly translate to benefits for homeschooling families as well (Trump has said that “school choice also means that parents can home-school their children.”)
I for one am looking forward to seeing the good things that Mr. Trump and his cabinet of good people will do in the future. But for now, all I can do is just hope that he just wins the presidency.
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