[Vision2020] Labrador's priorities are clear

Ron Force ronforce at gmail.com
Tue Mar 28 08:02:31 PDT 2017


On Tuesday morning’s *Morning Joe*, host Mika Brzezinski welcomed House
Freedom Caucus member Raul Labrador (R-ID) to discuss the failure of the
Republican health care plan. Labrador opposed Trumpcare
not cutting enough, so Brzezinski opened the interview by asking him why he
doesn’t support paid family leave. She was astonished when he didn’t seem
to care.

“It should be up to the business,” Labrador explained. “I owned a business
for ten years. I paid for my — for the insurance for the people that worked
for me. I gave them leave whenever they needed leave and I helped them out.
It should be up to the individual business person to decide that.”

When Brzezinski pressed whether the leave was specifically *family *leave,
Labrador tried (but failed) to avoid the question, admitting he offered
vacation and sick leave, but not a separate paid family leave. “They have
vacation, they had sick days, they had a bunch of things,” he said. “Those
things cost me money and I did it willingly. I don’t think the government
should be forcing that. I know you want the government to force more
spending, but I don’t.”

Brzezinski kept trying to find a way to see if Labrador was at all
concerned about families who need that kind of leave, but he simply
insisted that it wasn’t what he was there to talk about...

Ron Force
Moscow Idaho USA
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