October 25, 2015
I have avoided politics in my blogs, but I take exception with Planned Parenthood. I’m for it. I can barely contain myself whenever I tell the story about the woman who was pregnant with her tenth child and walked into the ocean.
Now here comes Paul Ryan and I just read the following:
Paul Ryan has made a condition of his taking the House Speakership that he get enough time with his family, including three school-age kids. “I cannot and will not give up my family time,” he says. I commend him for his dedication to work-life balance (years ago I left Bill Clinton’s cabinet because I didn’t have enough time to spend with my then teenage sons). But I wish Ryan felt other Americans deserved the same. Members of Congress have paid sick leave, but Ryan has repeatedly voted against legislation to give federal employees paid parental leave. And he and his fellow Republicans have blocked legislation that would provide all workers with paid maternity leave and paid sick leave. Ryan’s 2014 budget would have cut federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income families.
America is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t require employers to provide paid maternity leave, family leave, and sick leave. Paul Ryan won’t give up time with his family; the least he can do as Speaker is to make sure other Americans don’t have to give up theirs.