Some of us had hoped that after eight years of Obama – preceded by years of RINO’s like the Bush family and Democrat Bill Clinton – with a resulting unimaginable national debt of $20 trillion and a stagnating economy, that finally, this year, we could follow the trail of breadcrumbs back to our original concept of government – a small, very limited central government and federalism. But, that is unlikely with the Republican nominee with which we were saddled by the delegates in Cleveland.
As most of us who observe these things objectively predicted: Donald Trump (as the nominee) lurches far to the left of Trump (the guy-who-needs-the-Right-to-get-the-nomination). It should come as no surprise that the man who donated heavily to “it takes a village” Hillary the day before he became an “anti-Establishment” Republican should, once his nomination was secure, shed his sheep’s clothing and come out of his closet fully dressed in his left-wing nanny state uniform. I’m talking about his recent proposal for 6 weeks of paid maternity leave for employees, mandated by – guess who? – Uncle Sam.
There is so much wrong with this idea that it’s hard to know where to begin. It is unthinkable to mandate that a Main Street shop provide 6 weeks of pay and benefits to an employee at home caring for a newborn. Of course, this is a valueless play for votes from the immature “take care of me” voters. Valueless because Hillary can now pooh-pooh this and demand 12 weeks of pay and benefits instead of a skimpy 6 weeks. And why not paternity leave, as well? Let dads bond with the kids, too. So this is no big winner for Trump, and it certainly strips away the disguise of Trump as anything but a big-government Democrat.
Of course, let’s give credit where due. The mastermind of this scheme is apparently daughter, Ivanka – another New York Democrat of the liberal wing, as you recall, unable to cast her vote for daddy because she’s still registered as such in New York. Not far behind this was Ivanka’s proposal for federally-funded day care improvements. Because we can’t have these mothers who got paid maternity leave taking responsibility for their own kids. And as taxpayers we should all be happy to take care of them.
Timing is everything, of course. And this charming young thing came up with this can’t-wait pair of programs the same week that all the news outlets and commentators were a-buzz with Hillary’s health crisis, which meant that suddenly her health had to go to the bottom of the news page while we digest yet another egregious faux pas of Trump’s, and his right-hand Democrat daughter’s. It also brings into focus Trump’s history of poor treatment of employees – particularly his illegal immigrant employees.
There is no doubt that we’ll all have to take on more jobs to pay for this, so maybe as the world twirls closer to perfection we can all turn our kids over to government workers to raise them. We already know how well their education has worked.
This will be another opportunity for us all to observe the cult-like behavior of Trump followers (I didn’t say “supporters” – I meant “followers”). Some will be upset by this turning back on principle (which for Trump doesn’t exist) and others will talk themselves into a heated agreement with every word of it. Those are his cult members. They will also be the ones who won’t want to hear about the Trump family’s own hideous record of treatment of their employees. Of course, employing illegals for their grunt work helps to keep it off the books and away from the bright light of truth. Trump himself prefers these illegal workers just because he can avoid paying for things his competitors who stay legal have to pay; like Social Security, for example, or healthcare benefits. His Polish immigrants, who did demolition for Trump Tower were paid about $5/hour and no benefits for 14-hour days. But that’s business, as Don Vito Corleone would say.
In essence, Donald Trump has once again revealed himself to be a big-government Democrat of the stripe that has put us in the terrible place we are now. He does potentially bring a new perspective to the office, as someone who has used government from the other side of the net to pursue his own interests.
Obviously we have a child care problem in America. It is no parent in the home. There is no substitute for a caring parent in the life of a child. Being enrolled in a system where he/she becomes merely a number or a nonentity to a faceless, indifferent caregiver is no substitute for a mother or a father taking primary care of him/her. The idea of quality time paid for from the proceeds of wages earned at the expense of real time is a rotten exchange for the kid. Perhaps if we reduced instead of expanded government and released small businesses from the unbearable burden of more regulation and cost, these families could live on the wages of one of the parents. There would be more opportunity to advance because business could expand instead of taxes and regulation. Then, parents would know that their children were in the best hands – the mom’s or dad’s.
Insofar as women’s rights are concerned, think about this: why would a business hire a woman, particularly a young woman, if a woman past child-bearing age or a man could do the job, if there is the prospect of the federal government jumping in and enforcing a paid 6-week leave of absence? At some point the money for this comes from somewhere. Will the business get a tax write-off for it? Then you and I will pay for it. If not, the business will. That means it won’t expand, it won’t hire more people, it won’t raise wages. It won’t be able to offer other desirable benefits. How does this help women? It doesn’t. This is why the free enterprise system and free markets have provided the best standard of living in the history of the world. We don’t need Ivanka or Donald Trump to improve upon freedom.
Even as Trump rails against businesses and industry leaving America for Mexico, and gives us empty promises of bringing jobs back home, policies just such as this give the lie to his promises. The reason businesses move out of the US for places like Mexico is because they can’t balance their books and make a profit under the weight of government programs, just like the ones proposed by Ivanka/Donald Trump. His cult ought to stop for a moment, put down the Kool Aid and think about this.
The danger in a Trump presidency is that congress won’t stand up to him. When any Republican puts forth socialist ideas like this, it immediately moves the center to the Left. When the “right” proposes this, that becomes merely the starting point for the discussion. Just the fact that it was a Trump (“Republican”) proposal means that now it will be taken as a completely “reasonable” position, and it becomes much more difficult to move back toward the right and toward responsible, smaller government.
The damage has already been largely done here. Trump, whether he loses this year or not, has severely damaged the conservative cause.