Donald Trump's Daughter Is Behind His New Childcare Policy
byEricka SouterAug 12, 2016
Photograph by Getty Images
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.
· 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
· She also wants to provide pre-K for 4-year-olds across the
· 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.