Senator Chris Dodd appeared on Good Morning America this morning advocating 8 weeks of paid leave for mothers taking time off to care for their babies. I assume fathers would have the same option but fathers are usually left out of these conversations. Currently, women have the ability to take unpaid leave to care for their newborn child without the fear of losing their jobs.
My question is why should the government be in the business of paying people to have children? My wife and I have three children and we always made sure to save as much vacation time and sick days as possible so the amount of pay we would lose would be minimal. Any extra funds that were needed came from our personal savings. This was very taxing on us as our first child was not planned, but that was an issue that we created. I certainly did not expect the government to subsidize our lack of planning. In fact, because my wife was in college she had an internship that she could not skip and had to return to school within two weeks of having our son. But again, the responsibility for this belonged to us and no one else.
Lately, we seem to be going down the road of providing everything to people that they do not have. Wanna have a baby but cannot afford to take time off work? Don't worry, the government will pay you to do so. I assume this law will apply to every women which means that women making say, 150,000.00 a year, will also be paid by the government to take off up to eight weeks. Why should we as taxpayers paying someone with this amount of income. But in my opinion, if oyou offer it to one group you should have to offer it to every group. The best idea would be to offer it to no one.
Senator Dodd says we are one of a very few nations who do not offer paid leave and we should change that. I say to Senator Dodd that we are one of a very few nations who are doing it right.