Crossfire's S.E. Cupp warns that paid family leave is a double-edged sword.
S.E. Cupp: France? Really France? We’re looking to France because they have a model economy!
Paid family leave whereby you go away for months and are paid as if you were showing up to work sounds great and it is, but it’s not without its costs.
And in selling this idea, President Obama doesn’t often talk about the costs. One of his favorite arguments is “Hey, if France has figured this out, so can we.” But France hasn’t figured this out.
Women in that country hold fewer leadership positions in the private sector than we do here. That’s because there is a cost.
His other favorite argument is Fortune 500 companies are already doing this because they know they need to retain the best talent.
Well sure they can afford to, but the small business who’s still reeling from the last economic crisis and is dealing with the last government mandate, Obamacare, maybe can’t afford to and so that small business will fire people, will hire fewer people, will alter or cut their existing benefits packages altogether.
And then what are women left with? There’s a cost to all of these entitlement programs, and as well intentioned as they may be, we still need to discuss what they’re going to cost working families.
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