Being “wonderful” with other people’s money
Or, the definition of politics today (and how Margret Thatcher defined socialism). Today’s “wonderful” people? Well they’re all in California. Example one:
San Francisco on Tuesday became the first city in the United States to approve six weeks of fully paid leave for new parents — mothers and fathers, including same-sex couples, who either bear or adopt a child.
California is already one of only a few states that offer paid parental leave, with workers receiving 55 percent of their pay for six weeks, paid for by employee-financed public disability insurance. The new law in San Francisco, passed unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors, mandates full pay, with the 45 percent difference being paid by employers.
That’s right friends, the price of being nice means charging employers 45% more for paid family leave just for the privilege of doing business in San Francisco. Isn’t that just “wonderful”?
Well of course it is … just ask the clueless:
The United States, which guarantees up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave, is the only developed country that does not guarantee all new parents paid parental leave. Expectant mothers get 18 weeks of paid leave in Australia, 39 weeks in the UK, and 480 days in Sweden.
That’s right, they do it in … say it with me, Europe! You know, the group of countries, all of which were they states in the US, would be poorer than Mississippi. That’s what we want, isn’t it boys and girls!
It is the responsibility of others to pay for our choices! Because, you know, it’s the fault of the employer its employees get pregnant and miss work. They should pay them for that time. And what the heck, they can just socialize the payment by raising their prices, can’t they?
And, of course, they can socialize even more with California’s new $15 minimum wage. Because everyone knows that employers ‘owe’ employees a “living wage”. However, don’t forget members of California’s various governments up to their necks in giving away other people’s money – employers still have choices, and you can believe when they are feasible and affordable, they will exercise them.
When that happens, Cal Pols, you can hold a math quiz with everyone who finds themselves looking for work because employers took their business elsewhere or automated.
“What’s $15 dollars times zero hours?
Oh, wait, I forgot … government run schools.