The CRADLE ACT-Better Than Nothing?

The fact that it is 2019 should not be used as a call to action with regards to federally mandated paid parental leave.

This is not about time, since we never had anything working in place-this is about national priority and economic policy.

We have finally reached a point where both sides agree- parental leave is important.

“let’s give mothers the respect they deserve, give all women the equality they deserve, and give all parents the support they need in their most important roles.”

  • PRESIDENT Barack Obama

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, only 17 percent of workers in the United States have access to paid family leave through their employers, and fewer than 40 percent have access to personal medical leave through employer-provided short-term disability insurance. Eighty-four percent of U.S. voters support a national paid family and medical leave policy that covers ALL working people to care for a new child; a seriously ill, injured or disabled loved one; or their own health issue.

What no one seems to agree on is the “paid” part.

Senator Joni Ernst (R)of Iowa and Mike Lee (R)of Utah introduced a new paid parental leave proposal called the CRADLE Act.

We should be excited about this. Republicans are finally introducing measures to help families-given the fact that the USA remains the only developed nation without paid parental leave.

Wait, but did they say PAID?

It’s paid for by yours truly by borrowing time from your retirement.

The CRADLE act would allow new parents to take up to 3 months off with access to paid benefits and the time would be payed back by delaying retirement down the road.

So, is taking money out of your own social security fund paid leave?

Pros-This measure would allow new parents to stay home with their babies after birth with access to benefits and the bill doesn’t require new tax revenue.

Cons-It’s seems unfair to ask new parents to make a choice.

The Social Security system is currently running a deficit, if nothing changes within this regard, the Social Security trust fund will be depleted by 2034.

It’s not really PAID leave.

As one of the wealthiest nations in the world, we should be able care for people at both milestones, birth of a child as well as retirement, and not use Social Security as a slush fund to fix unrelated issues.