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Trump’s “Ivankacare” Family Leave Entitlement Faces Conservative Opposition

Some conservatives are horrified that a Republican president is about to establish a new entitlement. In the very speech in which he declared we’d have no socialism, President Trump said he was intent on creating some more of it.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump’s call during his State of the Union address for nationwide family leave led to applause from lawmakers and even a holler from one Republican, but conservative groups are sitting on their hands, fearing the president is about to create a new entitlement program that could quickly expand. 

“The biggest concern is the potential explosion of the program over time, and then having a federal program be the one source that everyone has to go to would not serve workers well,” Heritage Foundation research fellow Rachel Greszler told the Washington Examiner. “They would be far better off having a more tailored policy through their employer.” 

When Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday for his State of the Union address, he touted the paid leave proposal outlined in his 2019 budget blueprint. “I am also proud to be the first president to include a plan for nationwide paid family leave so that every parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child,” Trump last week. 

The president’s budget proposalcalled for six weeks of paid family leave to new mothers and fathers. Though the blueprint didn’t go into specifics, the White House said the unemployment insurance system would be used as a “base” and give states the authority to establish paid leave programs that fit their workforce and economies.

10 Responses to Trump’s “Ivankacare” Family Leave Entitlement Faces Conservative Opposition

  1. Like all federal programs it will grow and grow. The original SS was for widows and orphans. In 1939 FDR made it to cover all woman. Now see where it is.

  2. Dear Ivanka, so caring, so ignorant of the reality of life outside the bubble of the super wealthy.

    What about the grandparents, the older siblings, the adoptive parents, those who lost a child, who’s your daddy parent, and then..the gay couple.

  3. It will never happen. Trump proposed it so the left will say it doesn’t go far enough (like free pre-K). And then it won’t get passed. Trump could cure cancer and the left would complain he didn’t do it fast enough.

    • That’s kind of what I think. It is good optics for the blue/union areas that he needs to continue making inroads with. Our president has always supported some kind of national health insurance, and iIrc, originally proposed just opening up whatever the Federal employees are on to allow the rest of us to buy in – which was actually a pretty good idea, I thought.

      But he does not like things that interfere with people actually working – he despises laziness. So he is not likely to ever get fully behind any program that could be easily scammed, such as extensive paid leave.

  4. OT: Looking at the President’s tweets:
    Where did all those MAGA/USA red hats come from? wow.
    The rally last night was exciting and MrTrump brought his A-game.

  5. No to new entitlements. I’d like to see, however, a tax credit for stay-home moms and also count that unpaid labor as part of GDP.

    I say this as a career housewife.