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WSJ: Dems’ Welfare Expansion: “Steep Taxes on Middle Earners” and “Slam the Poor”

September 22, 2021

Democrats’ largest expansion of the welfare state in history is paid for with tax hikes on the middle class and Main Street businesses, the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes:


“In the coming days you will hear that the U.S. is the only developed country that doesn’t provide paid leave. What won’t be mentioned: These policies haven’t delivered on promises like increasing birth rates or narrowing career earnings gaps between men and women. Or that they are funded with steep taxes on middle earners and value-added taxes that slam the poor.”




  • “The dirty secret is that government leave programs end up helping middle-income folks who can live on partial pay.”
  • “A 2013 analysis out of California, which offers a state benefit, found that less than 4% of claimants earned less than $12,000; more than 20% earned north of $84,000. Based on the Ways and Means bill’s formula, a new parent earning $200,000 a year could be eligible for more than $1,000 a week for 12 weeks every year. No matter if this person is married to another six-figure earner, who can also claim the leave.”
  • “Treasury can reimburse employers who furnish comprehensive paid leave up to 90% of average costs. So taxpayers will subsidize time off for management consultants, accountants and other well-paid professionals.”
  • “Proponents also claim the program will make workers more attached to the labor force. Yet the bill doesn’t even stipulate that workers must be currently employed to receive benefits; they only need a de minimis wage history. Democrats in committee rejected a GOP amendment to require more work history.”


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