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Ivanka Trump And Marco Rubio’s Paid Leave Plan Is A Disaster For Women
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Ivanka Trump And Marco Rubio’s Paid Leave Plan Is A Disaster For Women

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and first daughter Ivanka Trump are pushing for a paid parental leave plan that is actually worse than the current federal policy ― which is no policy at all.
The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that offers no paid time off to new mothers.
Under the Rubio-Trump scheme, which is based on a proposal from the conservative Independent Women’s Forum, new parents would fund their parental leave by tapping into their Social Security benefits early.
Parents would get 12 weeks of benefits ― estimated to be about 40 percent of average worker pay ― in exchange for what the Independent Women’s Forum claims would only be six weeks of Social Security retirement benefits down the line.
But the Rubanka plan would have parents pay for children with their retirement funds ― essentially stealing from their own future well-being.
Though they live longer than men, women have less money saved for retirement.
This is partly because women are more likely to take time out of the labor force to care for children and other family members, working just 75 percent of the years men work.
In a piece written for the conservative publication The Federalist, the group’s managing director, Carrie Lukas, writes that a policy like this could have the added “benefit” of changing Americans’ thinking about Social Security as a bedrock benefit that cannot be changed.
Under his plan, the U.S. would offer six weeks of family leave, paid for with unemployment insurance.
“But [Rubio’s plan] is a step in the wrong direction.” Advocates like Bravo have been fighting for paid leave since the 1993 passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which provides 12 weeks unpaid leave for some employees at large companies.

Republicans weigh Social Security paid leave plan
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Republicans weigh Social Security paid leave plan

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Mike Lee (Utah), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa) expressed support for the idea, provided by the conservative Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), calling it “novel” and “creative.” But the lawmakers noted that a formal piece of legislation still needs to be crafted.
“Getting this right means asking the right questions and then figuring out how to answer them.” According to IWF’s six-page proposal, parents could take up to 12 weeks and receive on average 45 percent of their pay in a Social Security parental benefit that’s calculated using the same formula as Social Security disability benefits.
The IWF estimates the average wage worker would receive $1,175 per month.
Lee said lawmakers are trying to figure out how to structure benefits so they are delivered to families when they need them, how the federal law should interact with state paid leave laws and how to keep the law from hastening the Social Security Trust Fund’s 2034 insolvency date.
In statements, DeLauro called the plan “woefully insufficient,” while Scott expressed fears about shortchanging Social Security benefits for seniors.
“Legislation that reflects the Independent Women’s Forum plan to raid Social Security to pay for parental leave benefits would jeopardize workers’ future retirement security and would hurt women, low-wage workers and workers of color the most,” she added.
DeLauro has introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, a companion bill to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) legislation in the Senate.
The bill calls for a 0.2 percent employee payroll tax and a 0.2 percent employer tax to fund 12 weeks of paid leave during which workers would earn 66 percent of their monthly wages.
According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, which supports this proposal, the average worker would pay less than $1.50 per week in new taxes.

Letters to the Editor, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Letters to the Editor, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Ira Linzer, Naples End costly sugar program Sen. Marco Rubio is in the pocket of the nation’s beet and cane sugar cartels.
Rubio received well over $50,000 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 2011.
Nicholas A. Pyle, Washington, D.C. President, Independent Bakers’ Association Dealing with a bully Martin Schram’s column on Jan. 7 (“It is time for a patriotic Republican intervention”) is a vicious rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, who threatened that “the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office ….” Schram uses phrases to smear the president: “spun perilously out of control,” “mindless and dangerous,” “immature and inexperienced,” etc.
The fact is that they do not want to look at past history to see that when tax cuts have been made by former presidents, including Ronald Reagan, our national debt increased with the results that the rich have become richer and the general public poorer.
She lists 12 reasons why “Many now think he (Trump) is the most dangerous president in U.S. history.
I would like to make a couple of suggestions.
+ Please familiarize yourselves with the speed limits on our very congested roads.
The place is half to three-quarters full of people who don’t pay for any care received.
John Ketterman, Naples Hoping Trump succeeds Just when you have heard enough from the progressive left, they come up with a new personal attack on the mental fitness of Donald Trump to be our president.
As Friedrich Hayek, author of “The Road to Serfdom,” has shown us, the advancing power of government makes a dictatorship possible.