Quote of the Day:
Donald Trump isn’t the only presumptive presidential nominee making a turn to the left. As the political world obsesses over the Republican businessman, Hillary Clinton is methodically expanding her plans to supervise or subsidize those remaining spheres of human existence unspoiled by government.
Hillary Clinton's latest proposal is one she says will make child care more affordable for parents who are lucky enough to have a job. At the same time, she proposes to raise the wages of child-care workers. She was mum on how to pay for this.
As it happens, child care for parents who work is one of the issues IWF addresses in our new Working for Women report. We propose increasing tax credits for kids and eliminating the regulations that make child care needlessly expensive. This leaves the important decisions of childrearing with the parents.
Mrs. Clinton's solution is more statist, more expensive, not incremental, and leaves less decision making with the parents–in other words, it is just what you would expect (as the Wall Street Journal makes clear):
Her solution is for the feds to cap the share of a family’s income that goes toward care at 10%, with the rest of the tab covered by various tax benefits, direct cash payments and scholarships.
The auditors at the Government Accountability Office report that there are currently 45 federal programs dedicated to supporting care “from birth through age five,” spread across multiple agencies. The Agriculture Department runs a nursery division, for some reason.
“Administering similar programs in different agencies can create an environment in which programs may not serve children and families as efficiently and effectively as possible,” GAO dryly notes. Parents can also claim five separate child-care tax credits.
Mrs. Clinton also feels that caregivers are paid “less than the value of their worth,” and she promises to increase their compensation. How? Why, another program of course. She’ll call it the Respect and Increased Salaries for Early Childhood Educators (Raise) Initiative, which she says is modelled after another one of her proposals, the Care Workers Initiative.
Mrs. Clinton’s new dispensations for the kids are especially notable because she has already pledged to double spending on early education, create universal pre-school and mandate 12 weeks of paid family leave. She won the “pro-family” bidding war with Bernie Sanders but won’t let it end.
In any case, her campaign has now published no fewer than 31 white papers so far, even one last week dedicated to “protecting animals and wildlife.” Instead of pivoting to the middle for the general election, Mrs. Clinton’s progressive ambitions are rising with her odds of returning to the White House.
In Virginia, she mentioned that perhaps people should be able to buy into Medicare ad a much younger age. This is another step towards single-payer, government-run health care. Mrs. Clinton's new proposals give new meaning to the slogan "from cradle to grave." From cradle to grave, the government will run people's lives.