Ben Shapiro On Maternity Leave

The short story: Ben believes this is an overreach of Government authority because it must be paid for by other taxpayers. In September, 2016 Shapiro chastised Trump, as did many conservative commentators, for suggesting that paid maternity leave would be a piece of Trump’s platform.

So now, presumably, businesses will be forced to cover – or taxpayers will – the cost of hiring a temp, a potential decrease in productivity, and the cost of the benefits. The unintended consequence of such laws: young women aren’t hired because businesses are afraid of covering such costs. Also, Trump proposes new income tax deductions for child-care expenses – which is truly just a redistributionist program on behalf of families and lower-income Americans.

Shapiro was not shy to be his usual witty self on twitter at the issue:

Shapiro vs. US on Paid Maternity Leave

A 2017 poll showed a vast majority of Americans say workers should receive paid family and medical leave, with the 82% saying mother’s should receive paid maternity leave following birth or adoption. However, in defense of Shapiro, he is being consistent with his general message of small government and big government hurting small businesses. A position that most Americans agree with, but believe is outweighed by the larger benefits.

While most of America thinks that paid maternity leave will be good for the economy in most ways, 57% said that it could be devastating for small businesses. A subject that remains sensitive for many U.S. voters, especially conservative voters.  

Most see universal paid leave as good for families but bad for small businesses

Shapiro’s Views Compared To Other Countries

Most of the developed world has some form of paid maternity leave, however the approach is greatly varied by country. Regardless of style, the United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have some form of paid maternity leave. However one must keep in mind that child rearing is not so cleanly  divided between mothers and fathers in any country (let alone within any particular relationship. In the United States, for example, fathers can have some paid leaves if they live in California or other states with similar legislation. Keep in mind we are only talking about how things are handled legislatively. Many private companies have taken matters into their own hands and now offer paid leave for men and women alike.

Conversely, Slovenian fathers are allowed 12 weeks of full paid leave. In Sweden, 480 days of 80% paid paternity leave weeks. In Norway, 49 weeks of 100% paid paternity leave weeks or 59 weeks of 80% paid paternity leave. Meanwhile, fathers in Finland have 11 partial paid leave weeks.

As always, should we become aware that Ben has changed his opinion or should new evidence be submitted that we have either misconstrued his opinion or failed to include important statements from him, we will 1) make the correction, 2) note the correction here, 3) issue a mea culpa that attempts to explain and improve on how we missed this.

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