Biden has a giant expensive bill he’s trying to pass – 1.75 trillion. My basic problem with it is not its contents but the fact that he’s not really paying for it. Balance the budget – then spend. Otherwise you’re taking on debt that your children will pay off. I’m not 100% sure what’s in it, but it mostly sounds like a bunch of malarkey.
Here’s what’s not in it: three months of maternity leave.
Here’s thing. We’ve had literally decades of democratic rule since 1980. And yet – no maternity leave. Why not? It’s almost like the Democrats bully women into voting for them by pointing at anti-choice Republicans and then, over and over, fail to prioritize things that matter to women – like maternity leave.
And no, 4 weeks of maternity leave is not acceptable.
There are roughly 4 million children born every year in the US. To pay the parents of every single one of those children $10,000 for leave would cost 4 million * $10,000 = 40 billion per year.
So what if the Democrats had done this one tremendously important thing instead of messing around with this giant bill that, as far as I can tell, doesn’t really do anything great? It would cost less than 2% of the proposed price tag.
Biden’s original plan called for expanding universal preschool. Basically, they want to extend public school down to age 3. I am EXTREMELY opposed to this. Public school is a failure in many low income areas. It’s a failure for the most needy kids. And 3 year olds shouldn’t be in “school” anyway – they should be experiencing play-based learning, Montessori at most. Want to help parents with child care? How about giving them money to pay for whatever childcare THEY want to use? Universal preschool will be a massively overpriced, underperforming boon for teacher’s unions. You could give parents with children under 5 – ages 0-4 – all $10,000 per year per child for childcare to spend as THEY please – for 160 billion per year. Less, actually, since a lot of families have at least one non-working parents. (Call the difference administrative cost.) So the total cost of the O’Meara plan is 200 billion. I wouldn’t include anything else. Keep it simple and actually provide something meaningful we can afford without indebting our great-grandchildren.
But if I were a senator, I would vote against Biden’s crazy bill. Too expensive, and no maternity leave.
I actually think taxing billionaires net worth is a good idea, but I think it’ll be tossed out in court, making the bill even more responsible from a fiscal perspective.