glen a richter wrote:
Call me old school or whatever but give me a break. Maternity leave for men....I've never heard a bigger load of crap before in my life. Suck it up and go to work. Spend as much time with your kids in the evening and weekends as you can...quality time...and let the women nurse the children all day. Give them a bottle at night, read a bedtime story.... be a real dad and go to work. For that matter, if you want time off work, take it and go find another job when your good and rested / bonded. I own a business and give my guys plenty of time off for whatever they really need to do and I'm fair. This is ridiculous. Sheesh.
Definitely want to address this one. From a political party that proclaims to care about family values, their definition of family values is a bit askew. I don't understand how spending time with your child is contrary to being a real dad. I never said fathers should get a year off to raise the children, I said that fathers should get two weeks. I'm, personally, in a nice position. Like my dad, I chose time over money by going into teaching. I didn't know if I would ever have children someday when I made that decision, but here I am with a son and a new baby on the way. It's wonderful for me during the summer, but it's horrible for me during the school year because in order to make ends meet, I have to teach my regular school day, plus a night school program, plus private tutoring. Now, in the 50's and 60's it may very well be true that it was possible to have the traditional family set up where mom raises the kids, dad goes to work, you have a car in the driveway and a chicken in the pot every night, but this is the 21st century and it doesn't work that way anymore. Prices of everything are skyrocketing and your typical family either has two parents working or one parent working--a lot--to pay for the necessities, forget about any luxuries. Ideally, I would be able to go to work, come home, hang out with my son, go to sleep, repeat. A lot of people who are in other professions don't get nearly the same luxury of time I get, but again in order to earn two months with my son, I have to sacrifice 10 months leaving for work at 6 AM and getting home at 10 PM. How that helps promote a strong family bond is beyond me, but it's something I can't avoid because the system in this country is set up so that the middle class can't survive the way they used to, and soon won't be able to survive at all. Paternity leave is just a tiny slice of the entire family values pie. You can't promote family values if the family is never together, and you can't have the family together if someone always has to be at work, whether that's mom or dad or both. Where republicans go on and on about family values all the time, it's about having a "traditional family", not a gay family, or if this were the 1960's not an inter-racial family. But the traditional family is very difficult to establish with the economic system established in the 80's and maintained since then. No child should have to live through "Cats In the Cradle"... "when you coming home dad, I don't know when, but we'll get together then." Every child needs both parents and especially with the first child, every parent needs each other to help get things settled and work a routine out that's conducive to properly raising that child. There is no worldly reason why dads shouldn't get two weeks for a child. Besides which, it takes 40 weeks for a baby to be born from conception to birth. We're not talking about a guy gaming the system by taking paternity leave every month. We're talking about two weeks, probably about two years apart, twice, maybe three times, in the entire time he'll be in the workforce.
Small businesses cant sustain these types of benefits for their employees. I personally don't expect large businesses to pay for these types of benefits. Most liberals cant open their eyes to see that the world is built on a supply / demand system. The free market dictates what someone is willing to pay someone for any certain job, be it a construction worker, an iron worker, a teacher, a CEO, a sports athlete, ect. Out of this max possible income for a given job, the owner has overhead (which include many various thing that occur monthly but cannot be attributed to direct work done), employer taxes, corporate taxes, product cost, etc. When all this is paid for, then you can look at net profit and what type of benefits you can provide. It is the employers job to make his customers happy first but to also create loyalty with employees by providing benefits, security (with work), and making family first. This means that if someone has an emergency, then that person's family matters are of paramount importance as should be attended to immediately.
That being said, to take away the flexibility for a business owner of what benefits to give and how much to give employees is like putting a chain around each owners neck. Business is always up and down. You have good months and bad months, good years and bad years. A business owner has to way this and survive in an ever volatile and growingly global market. That's tough!!!
To mandate two (Bernie Sanders is saying 14 if im not mistaken) weeks maternity leave for men - No. That's selfish and irresponsible. If there are complications, employers should understand and give you the time off. If they don't, there are lots of other employers out there that will hire you.
To mandate 10 days paid vacation - No. It is up to the employee to earn paid time off thru hard work and productivity. When you do that, the employer has gross profits with which to provide vacation time.
To mandate 50 days guaranteed sick leave - Sure....unpaid. Employers can't cover this cost either. It's hard enough if you are an integral cog in someone's workforce to have the absence alone, much less the cost of paying them as well. I had an employee that became very ill. During the initial period of a couple weeks, we paid this guy until it was going to hurt our business and the other employees and their families. We then parted ways by paying his due vacation time and stopped. Just could do any more.
I guess I'm trying to say, these things sound good but don't really work in the real world. If a company is doing / can do this, they are price gouging their customers.