The Marxist/Progressives claim we need this because other countries have it. Some states like California have a paid family and medical leave act. Has anybody noticed the number of productive businesses leaving California? The Marxist/Progressives tell us paid leave is not an entitlement—it’s an earned benefit. As is the case with Social Security, workers must have been employed and must have paid into the system in order to collect benefits. Then the Marxist/Progressives make their typical claim that it is also affordable: Employees and employers would each make contributions of just 0.2 percent of wages, or two cents for every $10 earned. This will amount to an average contribution of approximately $2 per week per worker from a worker’s paycheck. And of course it would not require another huge bureaucracy. The FAMILY Act would create an independent trust fund within the Social Security Administration to collect fees and provide benefits. In other words, the system is already set up and can be expanded efficiently.
Have we not sung this song before? The Social Security system was not an entitlement but an earned benefit. Medicare was not an entitlement but an earned benefit. They were also very affordable because the employee and employer would contribute small amounts to a central fund and would not become a large bureaucracy. Obamacare was going to provide the earned benefit of health care for all. It would also lower premiums and costs and would not add one penny to the deficit. Did not Einstein say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?
Every time we have lowered taxes substantially and reduced ridiculous regulations, the private industry thrives and lifts the real economic standards of all. The top pulls the bottom up and the bottom drags the top down. With business creating jobs and booming we all benefit, when the government drags the top down, we all suffer. But the Marxist/Progressives believe and additional twelve weeks of paid annual leave is the answer to a prosperous and booming economy for in reality that is what this program will become.