Friday, June 20, 2008

Veto threat shows White House disfavors strong families

This story angers me. The U.S. is one of the few industrialized nations that doesn't provide paid parental leave to its workers.

Now, the White House is threatening a veto to a bill that would provide four weeks of paid leave to federal workers.

The U.S. has financed its success over the last thirty or so years with losses in family time and quality vacation time. Such a situation is not conducive to strong families nor is it healthy for the individual worker.

How can the White House decry a bill that is designed to strengthen families and improve the quality of life of Americans?

I'll tell you: They are advocating on behalf of their corporate constituency who cannot compete without engaging in somewhat exploitative labor practices suborned by Dickensian labor laws.

It's time for the U.S. to treat its workers with some dignity and respect. Let's demand required vacation time and parental leave time. These things will strengthen our families and improve our lives beyond the bottom line of the corporate bottom line.

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