Monday, July 23, 2012
6 months paid maternity leave
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And comments with the top "likes" many I would gladly cast my vote for.
We have always solve our dearth of babies problem with easy fixes that do not work. The government finally gave up and make up for all the missing babies of the last 20 to 30 years with massive inflow of foreigners.
It is very simple why the problem could not be overcome. After giving economic growth the top priority, all competing priorities must fight for the left-overs. Defense rank ahead of every priority as can be seen from its budget allocation. Oddly a shrinking population is a security issue as grave and in need of attention as the money spent on the military but it is not getting sufficient resources.
Not that I recommend this as I haven't think this through yet, the scarcity of time and energy on families can be ameliorated with government money. If the state offers to pay for the maternity leave, businesses would be less unwilling to hire women as many have feedback.
We invest heavily in the education and health of each child because each of them have to compete successfully against all others. Naturally you do not want to divide a limited pie among so many children.
At the end of the day the wealth of this nation is produced by its people. Either you leave them with enough to raise more children or government and organizations have to return the money, redistributed to meet national objectives of having more kids. Alternatively our methods of raising kids have to be cheaper and yet not worse than what we are getting now. This is a massive cultural change that cuts across all aspects of our lives especially the family and the workplace. Now near sighted employers are not interested and businesses have a talent of getting free money from governments but not returning in kind. Hence my doubts about throwing money at the problem.
So we are back to remaking Singapore which we had talked too much and loudly about but nothing happens.
An idea just emerged in my mind. May be businesses with employees that have more babies get some tax benefits? Targeted taxes have always been very effective at changing behavior.
Posted by PengYou at 1:04 PM