New York senator wants paid family and medical leave for U.S. workers

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  • Jim B Pleasant Grove, Utah
    Dec. 25, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    Taking money from anyone else to give to others not matter what justification you may use can only be rightly described by one word "Theft". If you wish to give you money to others then feel free to do so, but don't steal from others to make yourself feel good.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    Another unsustainable liberal vote-buying scheme.

    Basically the same sort of Ponzi scheme they set up with Social Security where "your money" would always be there, but Congress stole all that and spent it on other stuff, leaving a bunch of nearly worthless IOUs.

    NO MORE give away programs of any type, no mater how noble and kind they may sound. We are broke and cannot afford the welfare we pass out already!

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    Well heck yea. It's easy. It's other peoples money. What else would a liberal think?

  • G-Day-M8 WVC, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:42 a.m.


    What's wrong with a revolt when tyranny prevails?

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    There was some guy in the 1930s in Germany that made the same type of proposal, all of course for families and economic prosperity.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    Our distribution of income is way out of wack. Workers can't support a family. To avoid a revolt, one of two things has to happen. Either the minimum wage and additional costs have to be placed on the private sector (which I favor) or taxes have to be increased to fund additional welfare programs for the poor. There ain't no other way to maintain a civil society.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    Re" Good Day Mate

    Reading your first post was really depressing...........

    Because all of it is true.

    Isn't it just like a Liberal Democrat to be proposing another new big government entitlement program while we are in the midst of the biggest deficits and debt, along with a lousy economy. Nice work New York. Thanks for electing this socialist woman to the Senate. Don't do us any more favors please.

  • G-Day-M8 WVC, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:41 a.m.


    MD: Right on target!

    I invite all to read the declaration of independence and then add to my list of government abuses until it fills this story with 200 posts.

    I for one am sick a tired of pick pockets, muggers, black mailers, extortionists and usurpers of my right and your right to self government. My Oh My, how far we have strayed from freedoms path.

    No excuses for more entitlements!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    "Government workers make up 1/2 of all employment in America"

    What? Care to back up that claim?

    According to Bureau of Labor Statistics it if far far lower. Under 8% (excluding education)

    The largest employer in the world is the US department of defense.

    Either way, your claim is far from the truth. (and easily fact checked, if you so desired)

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    The heading tells the whole story. WHY?

  • G-Day-M8 WVC, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:23 a.m.


    But in this case why not pile it on, after all, it's only a pittance compared to everything else.

    Here is my recommendation for legislation--Not one more entitlement until every ounce of corruption and fraud have been eliminated from the train wreck we now have. Enact the severest penalties for those who corrupt or defraud the systems already in place and then systematically repeal the entitlements.

    Abolish the dole and re-enthrone work.

  • md Cache, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    "Family values"?
    I sacrifice more than 50% of my earnings to the government in one way or another. How much do you sacrifice.

    Margaret Thatcher said, "I think they've made the biggest financial mess that any government's ever made in this country for a very long time, and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything, and people just do not like more and more nationalisation, and they're now trying to control everything by other means. They're progressively reducing the choice available to ordinary people."

    Sound familiar?

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    I agree we should go back to 16 hour work days, no overtime, no vacation and dock workers pay for lack of productivity. Anyone not in a management position should be payed the new minimum wage of $5.00 and hour. We should end all taxes on business and we should all pay a 10% income tax on money earned up to $50,000.00 then no taxes after that.

  • G-Day-M8 WVC, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    There was a day before government intervention that families, churches and communities were the fall back. It was hard and not always fair but people survived and became stronger in spite of their trials.

    Since government intervention the United States has seen Trillions of dollars utterly wasted and millions upon millions of cases of fraud and abuse in Medicaid, Medicare, unemployment insurance, Workers Comp, etc. Welfare fraud and abuse is rampant, food stamps the same. Insurance fraud and tort cases off the charts. Social Security fraud and abuse and the very system on the verge of total collapse. The affordable Care Act is a virtual (pun intended) and financial disaster. Government workers make up 1/2 of all employment in America. Unfunded pension liabilities in the 20's of trillions of dollars. US debt is approaching 20 trillion dollars. The housing crisis and TARP have crippled the economy not to mention enriched the bankers and insiders. Kid's cant work because of child labor laws. College funding is completely threatened. The cost of war has left hundreds of thousands of US military personnel scarred and or maimed for life with no money in the VA.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    MD, you mean like Medicare part D?

    Largest entitlement expansion in decades.

    GOP idea, Drafted and sponsored by the GOP, GOP house, GOP Senate and GOP president. Kind of hard to pin that one on the dems, eh?

    Take the blinders off. The GOP has championed quite a few of their own "entitlements"

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    Family values! Unless, of course, it requires real action and sacrifice.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 19, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    @ Joe: "It will get abused. We need to slowly and steadily start backing off of these kinds of programs." No Joe, run away fast from this disastrous program

    Hey boss, my kid is sick I'll be out for the next 4 weeks ----yap insurance will cover it

    ....4 weeks later

    Hey boss, my other kid has phneymonia, I'll be out for the next 5 weeks ----hello insurance here I come again

    ....5 weeks later
    Hey boss, my step kid is in a coma,....where does this end?

  • md Cache, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 7:06 a.m.

    Another Democrat that wants to me pay for another entitlement...what a shock.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:48 a.m.

    Bad idea.

    It will get abused. We need to slowly and steadily start backing off of these kinds of programs.