I agree the effects are reduced. But Employers make rational decisions. In countries with maternity leave, we see them doing so. They will continue to do so. See that earlier bit about employers in Britain? They have parental leave for both genders there, too. And the effect is problematic for women.
As I said, I'm on the fence on this - I agree with Sanders it's a "pro family" policy. It's also a "pro-baby" policy, and I'm one of those weirdo's who thinks that, if we are going to depend on future generations to support us, we should remember to have them. I am unsure if it's a "pro family earning a good income" policy, and I think it has unfair unintended consequences. Namely:
Pew Research and the OECD comes to the same conclusion that cpwill does:
...countries that offer more liberal parental leave policies have higher pay gaps among men and women ages 30 to 34, according to analyses of 16 countries conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. OECD theorizes that this link may be driven by the fact that women are more likely than men to actually use their parental leave, and that time out of the workforce is associated with lower wages....
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Bernie Sanders: 'Don't underestimate me'
The odds might be against Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential bid, but he has a message for those who question his bid: “Don’t underestimate me."
“I fully concede that I get into this race as a major underdog. No question about it. I mean, Hillary Clinton is known by 95 percent of the American people. And clearly, in terms of money, I will be very, very, very heavily outspent,” the Vermont independent said in an interview with CNBC.
“Don't underestimate me. We're going to do better than people think. And I think we got a shot to win this thing.”
"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
Sanders' definitely an underdog, but I think he's a lot less of a long shot than people are making it out to be at this point.
I've always liked Sanders for the issues he's supported. I like that he is a serious guy who ain't no dummy and he isn't afraid to take a position. But, I didn't see him having much of a shot against the Clinton machine. Face it, Bernie Sanders is a bigger threat to the powers that be than Hillary Clinton. They own Hillary. Suddenly candidates are facing a man who is credible. Bernie has gotten traction where Hillary is out there like everyone else checking off speech points.
Sooner or later the old campaign template and bull**** machine that all candidates have used for so long had to become road worn and trite. People are not as stupid as most candidates believe they are. It's hard times and people are reluctant to play long on hope. People are tired of constant war and tired of their constant loss of rights, tired of stale jobs and tired of being screwed by business and government. They can't be shucked and jived as easily as they once were. They are leery. To my thinking Sanders, so far, appeals more to intellect and more people are ready to listen. Hillary, like everyone else, is simply trying to outspend and out lie.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
It really is amazing that most of our food service workers don't get sick days. Isn't that a public health issue?