Magazine October 14, 2019, Issue

Elizabeth Warren’s Family-Leave Plan Would Weaken Family Relationships

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So long, Aunt Bee!

Senator Elizabeth Warren argues for her sweeping new government child-care program in personal terms. Invoking her days as a young working mom struggling to find reliable, quality child care for her two children, she explains that she wants to spare today’s young families similar stress.

Her story does reveal the stakes of the child-care debate — but not in the way she thinks.

Warren’s tale of unappealing day-care centers and unreliable babysitters has a happy ending. In a recent interview with the lifestyle website Romper, she described how she broke down on the phone while talking to her widowed Aunt Bee from

This article appears as “So Long, Aunt Bee ” in the October 14, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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