“There’s already a concern about retirement security and income. And people are increasingly entering retirement with mortgages and other kinds of debt,” Richard W. Johnson, a co-author of the report, told the Huffington Post. “The idea we would reduce those retirement incomes further is scary.”

The plan is endorsed by White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump—who entered the administration promising to make paid family leave and other issues affecting American women a top priority—but critics have denounced the plan as part of the mounting evidence that the president’s daughter has no intent on pushing for legislation that helps women and families.

“It’s a highly individualized way of dealing with the facts of family life—which by their nature are communal issues: Babies and children need caregivers, mothers and fathers need time and money to give care, elderly grandparents and great-grandparents need companionship and assistance,” wrote Elizabeth Bruenig in the Washington Post earlier this year. “There is a place for every stage of the life cycle in the grand order of things, and a just state would ideally defer to that natural rhythm.” 

The plan, based on a proposal by the right-wing Independent Women’s Forum, is aimed at re-framing how Americans view Social Security—turning it from an earned benefit that all taxpayers pay into and will receive when they need it for retirement or in case of injury, into a savings account that American families will be penalized for using if they begin to raise a family.

“Conservatives’ plan would penalize the elderly for their decision to have raised families, all in the interest of making parental leave a self-contained option, no burden to anyone but the parents themselves,” wrote Bruenig.

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