Sniff, sniff, and perhaps, a few tears. Those poor people!
The President would have everyone believe that the problem is capitalism and those who own businesses. If only the federal government would mandate paid sick leave for all--creating yet another entitlement--then the problem of having 43 million of our fellow citizens not getting paid sick leave would be resolved.
Or would it?
For a moment, get a grip on the sympathy factor. Is solving the fact that 43 million of our fellow citizens don't have paid sick leave really as simple as the President would have everyone believe?
As is clear with most federal programs and mandates, there are always unanticipated, negative consequences.
Applying that fact to the President's sick leave proposal, employers won't just accept the paid sick leave mandate. Instead, the will recoup the additional labor costs by:
- reducing wages;
- limiting raises; and/or,
- reducing paid vacation days.
Is that what those 43 million fellow Americans want?
But, there's more. In response to the furror these unintended, negative consequences raise, new regulations must be designed to ameliorate the problems, thus increasing the overall cost of government to the American people who, after all, pay all of Uncle Sam's bills.
The President didn't tell the American people about all of this and not because doing so would immediately kill his proposal on Capitol Hill. No, the President doesn't appreciate how business works in a capitalist economy, viewing business as the enemy of the working class, seeking to profit shamelessly from their sweat. What he apparently does appreciate is how goverment mandates what business must do in a socialist economy.
The real problem with a socialist economy is that the only thing that gets is enriched is the state and its ruling class, not the working class. The former always have their Swiss bank accounts, dachas in the high-rent districts, and platinum-level health insurance, all care of the latter, who don't share in any of those amenities of so-called national "leadership."
Let the discussion begin...