Trump’s Actions For Parental Leave Non-Existent

When talking with the average citizen–be they workers, homeowners, parents, or university students–about the economy it is most likely the responses will differ from the talking points the White House sent to Fox News.  For too many citizens low wages,  tuition funding, and continuing concerns about the cost of health insurance are the topics that register when talking about the economy.

For parents across the land, there has long been a promise to do something about paid parental leave.  Coming into the White House Ivanka Trump had stated she wanted to make sure her father understood the need, along with the policies, required to address this concern.  Good intentions, to be sure.  The road to hell is paved with them.

Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has done nothing more than pay lip-service to paid family leave.   Late last year Congress passed a bill giving the country’s 2.1 million government employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave as part of the defense bill that was signed into law.  But the harsh reality is that it leaves about 80% of workers in the nation who work in the private sector with no access to paid family leave.

Like so many other health care and social programs our nation is one of a handful of countries that lacks a federal policy, at least for new mothers, leaving employers to decide whether to offer it.  And we know the deep concern most businesses have with the true concerns of their workers.

The statistics are sad to consider.  Just 9% of wage earners in the bottom 25% have access to paid family leave, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That compares to 30% of wage earners in the top 25%.

The Trump rallies that are staged in red states show the white males shouting out at the press and past presidential nominees.  Trump will steer his most rabid to the shiny object of the moment that has caught his attention.  Never has that object been the need of parents to have leave from their jobs so to assist with their families when circumstances demand it.

Meanwhile, the families of America who deal with actual economic concerns are left with mere campaign promises from the Trumps who have never in their lives had to balance a monthly paycheck to meet the bills at hand.

And so it goes.

Hillary Clinton Exonerated

Given the facts of the matter regarding the Department of Justice looking into the Clinton Foundation, as well as Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, those who followed this story felt sure of the outcome.   There was nothing but partisan smoke.  We all knew that.

But for those who kneel, bow, and bend over for Donald Trump and embarrass themselves–and their communities–by attending  Trump rallies to rant and shout about Hillary Clinton will not have the capacity to grasp the outcome.

For the rest here is the story from Vanity Fair.

Despite Republicans’ long insistence on Clinton’s wrongdoing—and Trump’s favorite “lock her up” rallying cry—the fact that the Huber investigation has reportedly been a bust doesn’t seem to come as much surprise to those inside the Justice Department itself. Senior Justice officials cited by the Post said that the investigation had largely been viewed as little more than a way to appease Trump and his Republican allies, and officials expected the inquiry was “unlikely to lead to anything of significance.” “We didn’t expect much of it, and neither did [Huber],” one source told the Post. “And as time went on, a lot of people just forgot about it.”

The news of the DOJ’s fruitless investigation comes just a few months after the State Department completed its own investigation into Clinton’s emails and use of a private server, which found that while 38 individuals did commit 91 security violations in emails sent to or from the private server, ultimately the server largely wasn’t used for transmitting classified information. “While there were some instances of classified information being inappropriately introduced into an unclassified system in furtherance of expedience, by and large, the individuals interviewed were aware of security policies and did their best to implement them in their operations,” a report on the investigation said. “There was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.” Of course, Clinton being cleared of wrongdoing by Trump’s own executive branch isn’t about to stop the president from bashing Hillary nonetheless. (Never mind the fact that six of Trump’s own associates have been convicted of crimes, or that private email use has reportedly been rampant throughout the Trump administration.) Less than an hour after the Post report came out, Trump was back on the campaign trail attacking Hillary, repeating his favorite 2016 talking points to a crowd of supporters—Clinton’s innocence be damned. “Crooked Hillary—you should lock her up, I’ll tell you,” Trump told supporters.