Bob’s world: family policy proposal #3

Bob McDonnell

Support a voluntary parental-leave program by giving tax incentives for businesses that allow lengthy position-protected leaves.

Federal law includes the Family and Medical Leave Act, which was enacted in 1993 and requires certain employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for medical circumstances meeting certain criteria.

I have been unable to locate any legislation that McDonnell introduced or sponsored during his tenure in the legislature.

UPDATE:  For whatever reason, it seems folks do not understand what I’m doing with these posts. All I am doing is taking up McDonnell’s challenge to look at his record and compare it to his 15-point policy proposals in his thesis. Bad, good or indifferent, my point is a simple one: to the extent that McDonnell attempted to implement the proposals, it demonstrates that this thesis was not just an academic exercise. (And The Washington Post reported that he had attempted to implement 10 of the 15.)

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18 thoughts on “Bob’s world: family policy proposal #3

    1. Stretch? Attack? Hardly. All I did was what I said I was going to: post on each of Bob’s policy proposals and what he did or didn’t do about them in the legislature. Is there anything here that is inaccurate?

      1. -I have been unable to locate any legislation that McDonnell introduced or sponsored during his tenure in the legislature-

        So just because you can’t locate something you assume that he does or doesn’t support that position? Yes, this is a stretch!

        1. Nope. You guys are stretching. I offered no opinion on whether he does or does not support this.

          I’ll repeat: I’m doing what I said I was going to do: compare his policy proposals with this legislative record. Since I haven’t located anything on this topic in his record, I don’t have any way to know whether he made any attempt to implement it.

  1. This is par for the course for ALL politicians, Vivian. Remember Kerry’s “plan” to get us out of Iraq, which he was going to present after the election? We’re still waiting to see it. All through the long Democratic primary season, we heard how important health care reform was, but none of the candidates put forward any legislation on the matter during that time.

    As for Deeds, he has a 10-point plan for Higher Education and Job Training. For the 2008 and 2009 sessions, I have found no bills addressing any of those 10 points on which Deeds was either the Chief Patron or a co-patron on any bills. (I grant that I may have missed them in my search.)

    McConnell, however, has not been in a position to sponsor such bills as he is now proposing. He’s had a different job for the last four years.

  2. Anon: But McDonnell had a job where he WAS in the position to propose such bills for 14 years after he made the policy proposal Viv quoted. Do those 14 years not count somehow?

    1. Sure they count. But bashing McDonnell for a new proposal because he did not have the idea four or more years ago is a little silly when compared to Deeds’ ten proposals for higher education, all of which seem to be new (to him) just since the last legislative session.

      {And why do I keep writing “McConnell”? Arg! Maybe I’ve got McConnell AFB on the brain.}

      1. You guys are missing the point. This isn’t a post bashing McDonnell for anything. He challenged us to look at his record. I’m simply taking up the challenge and reporting what I’ve found. There’s no opinion in this post – none at all. A simple statement of the facts.

        1. -He challenged us to look at his record. I’m simply taking up the challenge and reporting what I’ve found.-

          But you haven’t found anything yet, so why post, it is clearly an attempt to bash McDonnell.

          1. No, it’s not. Only in a warped world would a recitation of the facts be considered bashing.

            And I want you and all the others to be prepared to eat these words when I post on policy proposal #4.

        2. It’s a no-win situation for a politician. If he presents new ideas, well, why hasn’t he submitted such a bill (even if he hasn’t been in the legislature for the last four years)? If he actually has submitted such bills, then he has no new ideas.

  3. I am sorry, Vivian. I did misunderstand. I thought you were talking about proposals he was making now as a candidate for governor, not proposals he made as a grad student twenty years ago.

    Yes, the Washington Post has already pointed out that McDonnell has pursued 10 of the 15. You’re saying this is one he has not pursued. Got it.

    Since the FMLA passed in 1993 (Did Congress read his thesis?) there really wasn’t much point in his proposing a bill that would do nothing.

  4. -And I want you and all the others to be prepared to eat these words when I post on policy proposal #4.-

    Sure sounds like you are ready to attack and bash McDonnell. I know you can’t help yourself Vivian.

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