October 13, 2015

Here's another fine moment at the Democratic Debate where the candidates actually seem Presidential. The Democrats discussed substantive issues and used reason and logic to explain their views. Dana Bash asked Hillary Clinton about Carly Fiorina's (myopic) opinion that claims that paid family leave is something that will ruin small businesses and disincentivize hiring.

BASH: What do you say to Carly Fiorina, but also to a small business owner who says I like it, but I'm afraid I can't afford it.

Hillary expresses her surprise that Fiorina would say such a thing since she comes from a state where there already is paid family leave. Secretary Clinton reminds Bash that Fiorina lives in California, which is the size of many large countries and family leave hasn't hurt the economy one bit, so she'd like to dispense with the Republican nonsense. Hillary explains that we can design a system that doesn't put the burden on working people and have super rich people pay for it.

But here's where Hillary really hits it out of the park:

'It's always the Republicans or their sympathizers who say you can't have paid leave, you can't provide healthcare, they don't mind having big government to interfere with a woman's right to chose and to try to take down Planned Parenthood, they're fine with big government when it comes to that, I'm sick of it... We should not be paralyzed by the Republicans and their constant refrain, big government this, big government that except for what they want to impose on the American people!'

Sanders chimed in about our deplorable custom of making women go back to work when they still have an infant who needs them at home. O'Malley also remarked that he instituted policies that mandate paid family leave when he was Governor of Maryland.

This was such a nice change from both GOP debates which focused largely on: taking away a woman's right to choose, regressing back to Old Testament law, polluting the planet, punishing LGBT Americans and repealing the Fourteenth Amendment. This Las Vegas debate was head and shoulders above the infantile banter that the Republicans passed off as a Presidential debate.

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