The Hillary Clinton Nanny State Begins To Take Shapeby Doug Mataconis
Her idea to give every child born in the United States a $ 5,000 bond may have fallen by the wayside, but that isn’t stopping Hillary Clinton from proposing yet more nanny state nonsense:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday proposed giving $1 billion in grants to states that enact paid family leave laws and said that she would support requiring employers to provide workers seven days’ annual paid sick leave.
Mrs. Clinton, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, also called for expanding the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which protects the jobs of workers who take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. The law covers businesses with more than 50 workers. Mrs. Clinton would lower that to 25, covering an additional 13 million people, her campaign said.
Together, the new proposals that Mrs. Clinton announced yesterday in New Hampshire would cost $1.75 billion a year. The campaign said the government would cover the costs by establishing a single definition for a tax shelter that would ultimately yield more than $2 billion a year, according to a Congressional estimate that it cited.
But that’s only part of the story, of course, because the true cost of a proposal like this will be borne by employers, most especially by small-business owners who have limited profit margins to begin with. Hillary’s proposal would force them to continue paying an employees salary for up to ten weeks, while also having to cover the salary of whoever they might hire to replace the employee receiving paid “family leave,” making the already difficult task of running a small business even more difficult.
In the end, the paid leave proposal that Clinton put forward would increase the cost of hiring new employees, making it harder for the very people she claims to be helping to find work in the first place.
But what does Hillary care, as long as it gets her elected.