Paul Ryan, Opposed To Paid Family Leave, Demands Family Time

by
Kate Brown
Paul Ryan announced that he would run for speaker of the House if a list of demands were met — one of which goes against many of his own political moves.

Last night, Paul Ryan announced that he would run for speaker of the House if a list of demands were met — one of which goes against many of his own political moves.

Among his list of demands, Ryan said that he wanted Congress to respect his "family time," saying, "I cannot and will not give up my family time."

As many may already know, Ryan likes to remind everyone that he is a family man, visiting his wife and three children at their home in Janesville, Wisconsin every weekend without fail.

While that’s all fine and great, plenty of Americans cannot afford such a luxury—and Ryan might be part of that problem.

Back in 2009, Ryan voted against a bill that would allow federal employees four weeks of paid paternity leave. Not only that, but Ryan has consistently proposed cuts to child care subsidies for low income families.

 

A little friendly competition at the Dousman frog jump. Liza wins family best (9'41/2")!

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Considering the sky-high cost of having and raising children, mixed with the difficulty of finding really affordable childcare during working hours (unless you are lucky enough to have an able-bodied, available, safe and reliable relative willing to look after your child for you), low-income families have to make some really tough decisions when it comes to work and childcare.

While all of that may seem obvious to some, Ryan has often say that poor families need to be in the workforce and combat what he sees as a “culture problem” where they don’t value working for their money.

As Erin Ryan of The Slot eloquently put it, "Perhaps if Paul Ryan hadn’t spent much of his political career fighting laws that promote realistic work-life balance for parents of all socioeconomic levels, asking for family time would make him look more like a hero and less like a hypocrite."

Cheers to that.

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