Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Paid Maternity Leave - stupid is as stupid does

So it seems it is nearly finally here as law...or whatever.

As half-arsed ill-conceived (no pun intended) schemes go this is a doozy.

Just why are we implementing more middle-class welfare?

Once again the people who really need help aren't getting it.

I suppose it could be worse, we taxpayers could be funding some kind of frivolous high speed Internet plan or worse still some nong could be trying to filter it.

As if we'd be that stupid. But I digress.

So now you get to choose between the "bucks for fux" (baby bonus) or the "money for nothing" (paid maternity leave).

Where is all this friggin money coming from?

I hear the politicians talk of "Government Money" as if it has magically come from somewhere and is being shelled out from their personal accounts. Arseholes the lot of them. I trust no politician. They are only in it to ensure they get a decent retirement and they only need to consider the next three years when voting time comes around.

Paying people to reproduce is not a long term solution to any problem facing our species. Is is simply pandering to middle class voters who still want to have their lattes and their holidays while a nanny or childcare center looks after the kids.

"If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em" and that goes doubly for taking time off work to have them.

All generations up until now have managed to do it without paid maternity leave.

Shouldn't we be asking ourselves why we are doing it? It seems to me that it isn't about being civilised and growing as a species but more about getting what we can for nothing.

Pyramid schemes are illegal, so why can our Government implement a scheme which requires more and more people to show up in our country one way or another and feed the middle to top layers?

Sure, things have changed. The world has changed. I just not sure many people have accurately assessed the nature of these changes and responded accordingly.


  1. Here in the US, there is the FMLA - The Family Medical Leave Act:
    The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.
    Note: UNPAID, Job-protected leave.
    Their reasoning? Childbirth is categorized as an "elective procedure". If a woman gets pregnant, and decides to have the baby, then they acknowledge that at some point, they will have to take leave to go to the hospital to have that baby - in short, it is A CHOICE to have a baby.
    Their job is protected, but the leave is UNPAID - as it should be.
    Now...I don't even WANT to get into the Child Tax Credit. Get rid of that sh*t, and the national debt would be gone in no time!
    Social Security itself has turned into a pyramid scheme - the money put into it currently won't be worth as much in the future, due to inflation and politicians raiding SS for their pet projects, so there will have to be more people to tax to make up the difference. Ugh. What a mess.

  2. Spot on - "a pyramid scheme".
    I've said it before and will say it again, economies based on perpetual growth ARE pyramid schemes and we all know how they end!
    A mess? Oh yeah!
    Thanks for the feedback :-)


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