Parents and Presidents can’t afford to get sick.
And with a bang of District Judge Alan Malott’s gavel, big business interests in New Mexico postponed – at least for now – a worker-led ballot initiative that would guarantee sick-leave for workers in the Duke City. Now, workers will keep serving our food, caring for our kids and our elderly parents when they’re under the weather.
If nothing else, this week reminds us that parents and Presidents can’t afford to get sick.
Fox News pundits do the happy dance as they chronicle day two of investigative reporting into presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s absence from the campaign trail. Pneumonia? WHAT IS SHE HIDING? Nothing, really. Parents in the private sector and presidential candidates don’t get sick leave.
Clinton is one of millions of Americans, including thousands of Albuquerque citizens who can’t just take the day off if they are ill, without putting their livelihoods at risk, as demonstrated by Clinton, this week. By now we all know that the Democratic presidential candidate had to make a quick exit before the conclusion of a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and Flight 175.
The video of Clinton buttressed by secret service detail as she stumbled to her patent-leather black SUV has been seamlessly looped to the point of absurdity making her resemble one of those car dealership inflatables caught by a good gust of wind.
The real bluster and dust-up is the time-honored suggestion that women aren’t prepared for the rigor of public office. Consequently, nearly 100 years since (some) women won the right to vote in the United States, women are still grossly underrepresented in government. Something about women’s hormones or . . . blood coming out of her . . . wherever.
Was General David Petraeus hormonal in 2010 when he fainted just an hour into the hearing on the US involvement in Afghanistan? How about earlier this year when Air Force Major General James Martin, Jr. bit it while going over the $120 billion budget during a White House briefing? Carolyn Gleason, Deputy for Budget added levity to a heavy situation with her witty, “His Girl Friday” quip, straight out of an old black and white movie, “That’s what the F-35 will do to you.”
Comedian Chevy Chase practically made a career out of prat falls that simulated President Gerald Ford’s accidental physical comedy. BOTH Bush presidents could vomit and fall under the table at a state dinner in front of foreign dignitaries, or choke on a goddamned pretzel and faint (respectively), but Hillary Clinton catches pneumonia on the campaign trail and now WOMEN ARE WEAK and her stumble confirms it in the media. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour explains it all.
The truth is, whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or a barista slinging coffee at a hipster hangout, you should be able to stumble, cough and recover. Paid sick leave for all would make that possible.
Albuquerque voters will now have to wait until 2017 to vote on paid sick leave for workers in the private sector. In the meantime, sneeze into your sleeve, please.