The family leave plan that President Trump is proposing is highly flawed, leaving out support for poorer families, reports David Brennan of International Business Times. Parents would be able to rely on social security payments while caring for their children. However, this money would be deducted from their plans once they reach retirement age. This discourages people that rely on such support from having children and hits any family that plans to have more than one child harder. When America’s birth rate is the lowest it’s ever been, Republicans should be making more of an effort to offer paid family leave, like all other developed nations do.
President Trump’s plan to offer family leave is a positive step in the right direction, as it supports parents while keeping taxes and the deficit where they are, believes Ramesh Ponnuru of Bloomberg. It’s the best way to balance helping parents without forcing costs on taxpayers or employers. If that weren’t the case, companies might be less likely to hire women at child-bearing age. Higher taxes would punish Americans that decided not to have children. While more can always be done, this is the most prudent way to go about family leave. This way, Social Security isn't overburdened and families can enjoy a new kind of support when having children.