OPINION: Why Conservatives Should Embrace San Francisco’s Mandatory Paid Maternity Leave

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On April, 5th, 2016, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to pass a measure requiring employers to provide six weeks of fully paid parental leave for new parents.

Conservatives should embrace this measure.

Wait….What?! Are you crazy? That’s a Bernie Sanders “Socialist” idea and it’ll be destructive to employment and job growth!

Well, actually, it’s Federalism. The opposite of what Bernie Sanders, the Democrat party and the progressive left seek. What Bernie and his ilk want to force upon our Republic are Federal mandates that have no part in Federalism.

Our Founders, such as James Madison, wanted our Constitution to limit the powers of the Federal Government to the “few and defined” and our States (and cities) to be “numerous and indefinite”. States and cities, in the vision of our Founders, were to be grand experiments in the hopes, visions and dreams of the citizenry of our great Republic.

The citizens of San Francisco elected the Board of Supervisors (its City Council) that passed this measure. It is what the citizens and electorate of that city desired. This is Federalism in action.

Will it work? Will it be good for the job market and economy of San Francisco? How will it affect small businesses? Nobody knows. The City of San Francisco never conducted a study. They’re winging it. Personally, I think it’s a terrible idea given the current burdens on small businesses in that city.

What we do know is that it is already incredibly arduous to run a small business there. We know that living there is insanely expensive to the extent that you have to earn almost $30 an hour to be able to afford a one bedroom apartment being that the median rent for such a dwelling is the nation’s highest at $3,530 a month. But no worries, you can always live in a box there for only $400 a month.

We also know that their recent $15 an hour minimum wage law is not being embraced by the small businesses there. Sure, the new minimum wage and paid maternity leave benefits might well be absorbed and thought prudent by the large businesses there that can well afford it like Netflix and Amazon, but what about the local printer?

We also know that more and more, due to the “benevolence” of San Francisco’s liberal “feel good” policies, the result has been a mostly an elite, rich, white population that has forced blacks and other minorities out of their city, but what the hey, let’s give it a go!

The genius of Federalism is that we need not expose the risk of such policies by forcing it upon the entire nation via a Federal law. There are more and more states and cities that are passing $15 an hour minimum wages and paid maternity leave. Wait for it….three to four weeks of paid vacation leave and a 35 hour work week are down the line in our most “progressive” precincts, mark my word.

We’ll see how this works out for the City of San Francisco. The will of the people have spoken there. Let em’ have a whack at it. The beauty of a Republic and Federalism is that you can vote with your feet and move when you want to escape onerous, stifling and oppressive laws. Under a Bernie Sanders type of “Democratic Socialism, you’re screwed.

About the Author

Alex David
Alex David
Alex David attended City University of New York (Brooklyn College) with a major in Business Administration & Finance and entered Wall Street with a three year stay at Drexel Burnham Lambert as an assistant to top brokers and entered their executive training program. After three years on Wall Street he entered the Auto Industry as a Sales and then Finance Executive representing brands such as BMW & Lexus. He then moved from New York City to sunny Arizona continuing his auto industry career and later segued into the Equipment Leasing and Financing industry for 3 years before eventually moving to (not so sunny) Seattle, Washington continuing in that industry and eventually joining a multi-national New Media company as an Sales & Marketing Director in 2009. Alex is a Kiwanis Club member, volunteer, 12th man fan for the Seattle Seahawks and sporadic angler. He currently resides in Anacortes, Washington with his lovely girlfriend, his son and their Great Pyrenees, Layla.
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