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POLITIFACT VIRGINIA says DON BEYER’S RIGHT about PAID LEAVE for a NEW CHILD; SHOULD be RATED S for SOCIALISTIC!

Speaking of liberals and progressives imposing their views on people, we have the socialistic suggestion of former Lt. Governor of Virginia, Don Beyer.  I am not a great fan of PolitiFact Virginia as I suspect bias against conservatives.  However, when they say a liberal like Don Beyer, former Lt. Governor of our Commonwealth, now running for Congress, is Mostly True I have to take notice.  Here’s the article and here’s the issue condensed:

Former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer has his eyes set on the 8th District congressional seat in Northern Virginia, calling for stronger guns laws, protecting the environment and expanded family leave when a baby arrives.

“The United States is the only industrialized country that does not guarantee paid time off to care for a new child…” Beyer, a Democrat, says on his campaign website.

Note the word:  PAID  It’s paid leave.  Now the law provides for certain businesses (over 50 employees) do have unpaid time off for certain items under the Family and Medical Leave Act but I suspect most people cannot do so for very long without pay.  So there’s a trade off.

But that is different from imposing businesses an OBLIGATION (much of this kind of legislation is dubious constitutionality as the expansive reading of the Commerce Clause sanctioned by the Supreme Court since the Thirties.  This expansive reading of the Commerce power is also the basis for many of the Federal drug laws.) to provide PAID leave.  That is more nanny-state, top down thinking.  It will surely hurt jobs because unlike the Federal Government that Beyer aspires to serve in, businesses have a budget and they can’t spend (for long, anyway) more than they make!  So they would have to cut somewhere to cover this new entitlement – really a unfunded mandate.  (That is what is wrong with the minimum wage.)

From Beyer’s website (emphasis mine):

I also support expanding family and medical leave.

The United States is the only industrialized country that does not guarantee paid time off to care for a new child, and one of very few industrialized nations not to guarantee paid time off for other types of family care. The unpaid family and medical leave act that passed 21 years ago only covers about half of all employees, given various exemptions such as the employee’s status and the size of the business. It is past time to give American workers the ability to care for their loved ones without economic hardship. And this isn’t just political rhetoric. In my family-owned business, we provide paid maternity leave and treat our employees with the respect they deserve.

If Don Beyer wants to spend his own money in his business for stuff like this, that’s fine.  But don’t impose it on all the other businesses in the US!  And most of the other industrialized nations have a socialistic welfare system with much higher taxes and plenty of central planning.  Is that what Don Beyer wants for the US?  Inquiring minds should know before they vote.

Fortunately, there are not one but two choices in the Eighth District other than Don Beyer:  The GOP candidate, Micah Edmond and the Libertarian, Jeffrey Carson.  Either one would be preferable to the nanny state top down Don Beyer in Congress.

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

2 Responses to “POLITIFACT VIRGINIA says DON BEYER’S RIGHT about PAID LEAVE for a NEW CHILD; SHOULD be RATED S for SOCIALISTIC!”

  1. Digital Clipart Designer says:

    SOCIALISTIC is certainly an UNDERSTATEMENT!!!

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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