GOP lawmakers offer paid parental leave legislation — funded by your Social Security benefits
The latest Republican plan for paid family leave is basically this: spend some of your Social Security benefits when you have a child — then, when your Social Security benefits aren’t sufficient for retirement, you can just move in with your (now adult) kid.
It’s politically tone-deaf and utterly lacks any connection to the daily lives of working people — but Republicans actually do have one part of this right: the Social Security Administration is a great place to set up a national paid family leave program — overhead is very low, staff and infrastructure are already in place, etc.
But the way to pay for it is…wait for it…to actually pay for it instead of making workers borrow from their future benefits — like Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, proposes. People shouldn’t have to choose between paid leave and receiving Social Security when they retire.