(photo by cheriedurbin on morguefile.com)
Remember all the fun we had mocking The Life of Julia?* She was the poster child for the Democrat’s dream of controlling a single woman from cradle to grave by the benevolent government and its fantastic programs for getting ahead at the expense of other taxpayers. That was released in May 2012 by an outside campaign, just a few months before the election that year to show how much Barack cared about single women.
Well just in time for another election, the Dept. of Labor got in on electioneering and released a video of Jennifer and Andrea to promote paid leave to care for a newborn, with emphasis on being a single mom, presumably. See for yourself:
Because both women appear to be single as there isn’t a man in sight in their video about parenthood. After Julia and now Jennifer and Andrea, they must think woman aren’t capable of attracting a man**, prefer to stay single or they all represent the “L” in that long string of letters.
While it may be a worthwhile idea, the Dept. Of Labor doesn’t state who will pay for the leave. The government or the employer? Nor do they detail if it’s for full-time or part-time workers, men and women, a brand new employee that may not get benefits for a year, etc. They just throw it out there and hope it sticks.
As the FreeBeacon reports, it’s a policy worth discussing and one that could get bipartisan support, but:
Here, distilled into just 43 brief but potent seconds, is everything conservatives dislike about the Age of Obama. Not necessarily the policy proposal itself—about which more below—but the sneering tone of moral superiority, the suggestion that Europe is, like, totes better than America (obvi!) and the distinct sense the video gives that the highest levels of government have been hijacked by 24-year-olds who are totally, you know, nerding out on public policy. It’s enough to drive you to despair.
Yes, your government wants to hold up Germany as the role model that America should aspire to for their domestic policy. The same country that jails parents for home schooling and now thinks incest is the best.
And you know the DOL is serious because they have a hashtag campaign too: #LeadOnLeave and a webpage just for Hispanics in English and in Spanish: Latinos Should Lead on Paid Leave (Latinos y las Ausencias en el Trabajo por Razones Médicas y de Familia).
I find it interesting that they note that a few states already have paid leave laws, so why not leave it up to the states?
Change has yet to come to Washington, but momentum is growing in the states: So far, California, Rhode Island and New Jersey have passed paid leave laws. It’s time to update workplace policies that are stuck in the past and give more Americans paid family leave – to take care of sick loved ones and newborn children.
And then tout a new grant that includes one of the states, Rhode Island, that already has a paid leave law! That’s taxpayer money well spent.
Today, we were delighted to announce that the Department of Labor has awarded $500,000 to assist Massachusetts, Montana, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia in funding feasibility studies on paid leave. The studies will inform the development or implementation of paid family and medical leave programs at the state level – seeking solutions that work for their unique communities.
Like I said, I’m not knocking the idea, just the video and a government department for essentially campaigning in an election year (they also have a page for increasing the minimum wage to $10.10). Well that and holding up Germany as the standard bearer of social policies. Other than that, let the competition begin between Jennifer and Andrea and hope that Andrea doesn’t even think about home schooling her girl*** when the time comes.
* I’m pretty sure that Julia is the one (stuck in the past) in the blue shirt with the X on it screaming, hel-lo remember me? I’m still here Jen and I was here first. So there.
** No offense, but have you seen the looks of most of the Democrat women in Congress? Does it drive their policies towards helping hapless females?
*** I’m certain that both will give birth to girls so we can have follow up videos of their lives growing up with the government taking care of their every need along the way. Heck, I bet Jennifer names her child Julia!