And so it begins. Who would’ve predicted this? Oh that’s right – we did. And it didn’t take long.
Yesterday, Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, unveiled a plan that “makes childcare more affordable.” Definitely it will be more affordable, lucrative even, for the poor families who will receive yet more subsidies in the form of hand-outs via the tax code. Usually this is a favorite way for Democrats to stealthily steal money from tax payers and reward their base but that sly Donald Trump is going to challenge them at their own game. From CBS News yesterday:
“Under Trump’s proposed plan, there would also be additional tax incentives on the employer side to provide on-site child care.”
“Those who have no tax liability, who are on the low end of the income scale, would be allowed to claim an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), equivalent to half of their payroll tax contribution.”
“In addition to the child care expense deduction, Trump would also guarantee six weeks of paid maternity leave. This, the aide said, would be paid for by eliminating fraud in the unemployment insurance program, estimated to be about $3.4 billion.”
Trump would also offer dependent care savings accounts available to everybody in the U.S. Those on the lower end of the income scale, would see the government contribute $500 for every $1,000 contributed by individuals. Everybody else would be allowed to contribute up to $2,000 to this account tax-free, and this flex spending account could be rolled over each year.
I just have one question for Mr. Trump, and no, the question is not, “How are you going to pay for this?” That’s the question liberals and faux conservatives are asking. Instead I would ask the question that any principled conservative should ask, which is:
What gives you the right to forcibly take money from one American and give it to another American to pay for their childcare?
This is a question of rights. The right to decide what we do with the money that we earn. After that it’s a question of consequences. What is the consequence for choosing to have children before you can afford them? If Trump has his way there will be no consequence because the rest of us – even if we did things the right way and put off having our own children until we could afford it – will now be forced to subsidize irresponsible choices made by others.
What you reward, you get more of.
This kind of socialism is what you get when you nominate a “Republican” who holds no conservative principles, and YES, we told you so.
Donald Trump introduced his ingenious plan with his usual flare for words: “It’s a big thing. Wow. I’m hearing wow. I like to hear wow. The congresswomen like to hear wow. Makes your life a lot easier, right?”
At one Trump-loving site the rationalizing has already begun: “Honestly, who can afford childcare these days? Something needs to be done about it. Hell, Reagan wanted to address it back in the 80’s yet nothing was ever done about it….The kids are our future.”
It takes a village, eh? In the words of that colorful populist, Mr. Trump……Wow.