New York continues to be at war with business. On top of the
fees, regulations, surcharges and the continued proposals to raise the minimum
wage (even though the last increases are not finished being implemented yet, it
is at $8.75 per hour now and set to go to $9 next year), we now have both
parties proposing paid family leave.
Federal law mandates that employers give up to 12 weeks of
family leave for things such as being a new parent, caring for seriously ill
relatives and couples (gay or straight) who adopt. However, the employer is not
required to pay these people for their absence.
Well, the clowns in the New York Senate think this is unfair.
According to Senator Jeffery Klein (D), most New Yorkers cannot afford one week
of unpaid leave, let alone 12.
Then he adds the kicker: “New Yorkers should never have to
choose between what their heart is telling them to do and what their bank
accounts is telling them to do.”
Ah, the generosity of the government-centric with others
From the beginning of time, employees (people) have had to
choose between their heart and their wallet on any number of things. This, boys
and girls, is what we refer to as responsibility. Apparently, Sen. Klein thinks
New Yorkers are better than everyone else and should not have to face that
choice (aka responsibility). Like all government-centric ideas, this will be
judged on its “intent,” not on its consequences. I mean, who cares about what
this new burden does to the bottom line of a business? Those businesses do not
have the choice between heart and wallet, for we know that these greedy
employers do not have a heart. After all, these selfish employers are only
concerned about profit and to the government-centric, that is a crime. So, we in
the Senate are going to make these choices for people. Like the “Wizard of OZ,”
we in the Senate are going to give these tin men and tin women a heart. Ability
to pay? Hey, why worry about the details?
A law like this one springs from the premise that businesses
are created solely for the purpose of giving people generous wages and benefits
instead of being created to give the creator a return on his or her investment.
As I just pointed out, profit is a crime to so many on the left—in government
and outside of it.
It costs a pretty penny to live in New York, mostly because
of liberalism: out-of-control taxation, mandates, regulation, fees and
surcharges imposed on business which are then passed on to the consumer
resulting in the high cost of living. To the left, the hand of government is
never at fault and blame must always be laid at the feet of something or someone
else. The hand of government is going to even the playing field.
So in the name of fairness, the hand of government is going
to force businesses to make up the difference by forcing them to pay higher
wages, regardless of what each particular job is really worth. Benefits?
Mandated, not negotiated. The ability of the business to pay those extra costs?
Details..details. So of course to make those ends meet, a business either raises
their price or lays off employees, cuts corners, relocates or just closes shop.
Does that sound fair to you?
Those are the details, and they do not matter, after all the
hand of government meant well and that is all the detail that matters. Ah, those
who survive the cuts will benefit, but what about those who lose their job or
are not hired in the first place? Details...details.
We already have government-mandated safety nets to help
people and that money comes from those left standing. Of course, to pay for
these things the cost of living in New York goes higher and higher and the
circle of misery in New York continues.
Compassion is a good thing. Fairness is a good thing. Not
having to make hard choices would be a wonderful thing. However, none of those
things can happen with the hand of government. When government gets into the
business of establishing “compassion” and “fairness” it arbitrarily defines
“compassion” and what is “fair” and what a person’s “choice” should be. This
government interference results in mass suffering (see the Soviet Union, Cuba,
inner-city America, etc.) Where is the compassion in that? The government was
not designed to police the human heart because when it does, the freedom to
The plain and simple fact is that the hand of government
cannot change the laws of economics nor human nature. After all, these are just
This is what I say. What say you?
Show Director Dennis Tate discusses the issues at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays,
March 25, April 1 and 8, on channel 74.