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Is having babies in the government’s interest? The U.S. says no.

08/25/2009

Another interesting link:

http://contexts.org/socimages/2009/08/24/paid-parental-leave-in-18-countries/

Many “developed” countries (I really hate that word – it implies that the U.S. is no longer developing!) provide several months, up to a year or more, of paid leave to one or both parents. This seems natural to them, and indeed, the brief story above states that this has an equalizing effect by reducing wages, and thereby distributing resources from non-parents to parents. Is this right? Is it socialist?

I don’t know how this change could come about in the states, or why it hasn’t already. Because I certainly don’t think it’s right to provide NO paid leave – i.e., ZERO weeks off – for new or expecting mothers and fathers in the U.S.

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