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The US should have 1 year of paid parental leave- and taking the leave should be mandatory.

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Ok I'll bite. In a society that does makes it difficult for mothers to work, who forgoes reproduction? The middle class who can afford contraception and have the hope of bettering their own futures by staying in the workforce. The poorest will still reproduce due to lack of sex education, lack of access to contraception, and the "school to motherhood" pipeline. They will tend to have more children, they tend to have higher rates of single parenting, and they "pull more from the coffers." The richest of the rich will reproduce because they can afford to have help raising their children. When you make it difficult and expensive to be a mother you really only make it more difficult and more expensive for the members of our society who would benefit the most from maternal support. I get that automation will mean fewer jobs, but I don't think the answer is to make life harder for mothers and babies. I think the answer is to better train future generations to build bots and do the work the robots can't do.

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We have 7 billion people on the planet. I think we will be ok. We would do better as a species with about half of that. At some point the systems need to change and the old need to save to be self sufficient because continuing to spend on the old at the expense of the young is also not sustainable. We don't need as many people but rather people with the right skills and abilities. Remove tax credits and benefits for having more children. The government shouldn't be subsidizing wholesale breeding preferences. If you end the drug war, this program should be funded with help as a jobs creator.

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So who is paying for this? It is a nice idea but having to pay for someone adding no value, with no strings, for a year is not sensible.

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In Europe the state pays, but they do pay 40/50% income tax.. Oh! Hold on.. we pay those rates too!....

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Maybe you should move to Europe and live in a country with no growth

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1 year is a bit much. EY just came out with 16 weeks, although you are judged by Senior Management if you take it.

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I would go nuts. My son will be 4 months old on Saturday. My wife and I have determined that we are not baby people, I went back to work after 3 weeks and she went back gladly at 3 months. He spends his days in a high end daycare with early childhood professionals and we don't go insane.

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Agree, think it's important for the parents and new born

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I get the "who pays for it?" But I actually think it's an investment for the future. The kids end up healthier mentally and physically and more likely to stay in school. So, yeah, in the long term it might end up shifting expense from incarceration and other social programs to maternity leave.

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I get the value but we will all have to pay for it, directly or indirectly. Our government isn't likely to pay for this and companies shouldn't have to. Creating a fund that I could pay into and then pull from for this would be fine. A dedicated tax would be fine. This needs to come with strings though. People need to be incentivized to have fewer children and this could be a carrot to do it. Companies however shouldn't have to hold a job for an entire year.

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Having more time off doesn't lead to less growth (look at Japan). We need to have kids for the society to sustain. In the future, who's going to buy all the products and services we work so hard to develop and improve today?

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FYI to y'all....Maternity leave is cost effective and ends up saving money tenfold. Not going to get into specifics because it seems like the above don't have a grasp on general economics and shifting of costs ^^. We have the highest infant mortality and poorest maternal/child health outcomes of developed first world countries for a reason, people. 🙄

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@pc1 why do Americans need to be incentivized to have fewer children?

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I agree 💯 with D1- I'm done having kids so I have no personal stake in this but it is an investment in our society. We have a mental health and an obesity epidemic on our hands and both are tracked back, in part, to factors in the first year of life. 50+% of our society chooses to reproduce according to the census bureau. Really we are the only developed country who doesn't do this... seems odd that we fight it.

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Man or woman, doesn't matter. So how bout an answer to the question?

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Well you can't make a concept and not get into specifics and in issues related to child mortality, I suspect leave is less the issue than access to healthcare, nutrition, and other socio-economic factors.

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Well I didn't make the statement, if I assert a point to my client, I don't tell them to google it to see if it is true. I provide data and sources to make my point.

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You should definitely give it a try. I won't say it's easy, it's not - but it pays manifold Fyi - 32 here. 2 daughters, one is 9 months old. Wife's at home taking care of them until they turn 3. Not easy definitely, but turns amazing

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If you want to take a year, fine. Save your $ and plan for it. That's over the top for public policy.

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It's not by having a population of 300M having less children that you solve the worlds problems...

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