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According to Dana Goldstein, "a study from Harvard University last year found that of 168 nations worldwide, the United States is one of only four whose government doesn't require employers to provide paid maternity leave." That's shocking stuff, especially considering the way the country spent 2003-2006 under the unrestrained rule of the country's pro-family political party. It's almost as if all that talk about religion and children is just a mask for an agenda of ruthless corporate exploitation leavened by the occasional dose of anti-gay hysteria and they don't really care about American families at all!

One hopes Democrats could get on this case. One disappointment of Barack Obama's presidential campaign thus far has been that I would have expected someone with Karen Kornbluh on his team to have something exciting to say about work-family balance issues, but he hasn't really distinguished himself on that front at all.

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