I never stated...clearly or otherwise...that I "believe paid parental leave causes a government to become a dictatorship". In fact, my contention is that the Democrats...with their success in dictating in respect to Obamacare...has now turned to another issue they think they can have success with. In other words, parental leave is causing the dictating...the desire to dictate is causing this parental leave proposal.
Now...I'm getting quite bored with your antics...with your spin, illogic, strawmen and just plain misunderstandings. Until you come up with something new...something reasoned...something logical...I won't be responding to you.
Unless having a child is a product or service you are providing to your employer, your employer shouldn't have to pay for it. Neither should your boss pay you for adopting a dog from the pound.
If you want to be paid for not choosing abortion then you should get an insurance policy for it, or invest.
I believe that maternity AND paternity leave should be offered by all employers. Paid? No, not so much. Realistically, companies must bring in temporary help to cover the work of women and/or men who have taken maternity/paternity leave. Most employers would be bankrupted by having to pay maternity/paternity leave AND the temporary help required to keep the company running.
We live in a country where birth control is easily accessible, where pregnancy termination is legal for unwanted pregnancies, and I approve of that wholeheartedly. However, if a couple decides to have a child they should be able to have at least one of them take time off to care for the newborn without losing their job, but it is not the employer's responsibility to pay for that choice. Employers have a finite amount of money to pay for the position available; they do not have the obligation of paying for two individuals to handle the job in question... one on maternity/paternity leave, and the other a temporary employee that actually does the work.
As wonderful as it would be for new parents to have mandated, paid leave every time they have a new addition to the family, it is neither fiscally responsible nor personally responsible to expect one or both employers to pay for that decision.
Only the big companies. Not small businesses.
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I don't believe companies themselves should be required to offer paid maternity leave. That would hit them pretty hard financially, and in many cases, would encourage companies not to hire women of childbearing age, because of the money that they might cost them.
I wouldn't mind seeing the current 12 week unpaid FMLA leave turn into paid leave (paid for by the government). Even something like 2/3 the person's normal salary would be okay. And maybe phase it in slowly over a few years.
And I'd be fine limiting it to a certain number of children as well.
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