Despite Donald Trump’s many campaign trail guffaws, the Republican presidential nominee has one ace in the hole—his daughter Ivanka Trump, of course. Voters on both sides of the political aisle agree: she brings polish, poise and a delicate temperament to a process that has, thus far, sorely lacked all three.
During Ivanka’s much-praised speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last month (arguably the highlight of the event), she promised that her father would close the wage gap and create affordable childcare.
Both are important issues, given that women still make just 92 percent of a man’s hourly wage and that the United States is the only industrialized country in the world without mandated maternity leave. A crazy stat, especially considering 8 out of 10 moms work and 40 percent of working women are the primary breadwinners. To the surprise of many, Trump followed through on one of Ivanka’s pledges during his speech on the economy this week.
My plan will also help reduce the cost of child care by allowing parents to fully deduct the average cost of child care.
It was the only specific policy offered and clearly the mother-of-three’s influence. She has managed to humanize him in a way others could not, describing him as an “honest and real” family man whose “kindness and compassion that will enable him to be the leader this country needs.”
This plan, however, has issues, according to critics. They fear it will likely only benefit people like Trump's daughter—educated, wealthy households.
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It also seems a little light on the details, compared to what Hilary Clinton has laid out:
· Families would not have to pay more than 10 percent of their household income for childcare
· Increased campus child-care access to parents who are college students
· She also wants to provide pre-K for 4-year-olds across the country
· This would all be paid for through government subsidies, other forms of tax relief and increasing taxes on high-income households
Of course, Clinton’s plans aren’t without criticism. Raising taxes on the rich is not exactly a popular option for, well, the rich. However, regardless of which candidate you ultimately back, it’s wonderful that affordable and accessible childcare is on the agenda.