Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Invest in the Caring Economy: Recognizing the Value of Family Caregivers and Home Care Workers
Millions of families are struggling to provide care for their loved ones—for elderly parents and grandparents, and for family members with disabilities or with serious or chronic illnesses. And nearly half of all Americans in their 40s and 50s are part of the “sandwich generation”—with an aging parent and either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child. Hillary Clinton knows that as baby boomers age, more and more families will need to provide care for or will need care from loved ones. In fact, the number of Americans needing long-term care and support is projected to grow from about 12 million today to 27 million by 2050, and nearly 7 in 10 people turning age 65 will need long-term care at some point in life. That is why today Clinton is putting forward her plans to provide support for the millions of families paying for, coordinating, or providing care for aging or disabled family members.
Many family members, most often spouses and adult daughters, spend time out of the workforce, cut back on hours, or use personal days, vacation, and family time to provide needed care. Providing informal caregiving can strain family finances, with caregivers suffering lost wages, health insurance, and Social Security benefits. Informal caregiving has a real effect on our economy, as well; in 2013 alone, the full economic value of unpaid informal caregiving was estimated at $470 billion. Families also rely on home care workers to help them provide needed care to aging, disabled, or ill family members. Home care workers do hard, essential, compassionate work for millions of Americans. Despite the extraordinary care they provide, home care workers are often invisible and among the lowest paid of any occupation, and nearly half live in households that depend on public assistance. The low wages in these jobs lead to high turnover and limited training, creating care systems that do not work for the families depending on care or the workers who provide it.
Hillary Clinton believes that it is time to reform our tax policies, Social Security system, and work-family policies, to support paid and unpaid caregivers and to recognize their fundamental contributions to families and to America.
As president, Clinton will:
- Clinton will provide tax relief to family members who care for ailing parents and grandparents. Family caregivers spend as much as $5,000 or more in expenses related to their elders’ care, but in many cases they receive no tax deduction or credit. This shouldn’t be this way: caregiving can be a win-win for our families and our overall health system. This is why Clinton will offer a 20 percent tax credit to help family members offset up to $6,000 in caregiving costs for their elderly family members, allowing caregivers to claim up to $1,200 in tax relief each year.
- Launch a Care Workers Initiative to create a coordinated, government-wide initiative to address the challenges faced by care workers—by developing strategies to improve opportunities for care workers to earn the skills they need; creating paths to professionalize the workforce through career ladders and apprenticeships; improving the rate-setting processes in the child care and health care systems to ensure fair wages; providing care workers with an opportunity to come together and make their voices heard in support of a stronger system; and by developing and enhancing matching services to connect care workers to the families who need them.
- Expand Social Security by counting the hard work of caregivers and giving them the benefits they deserve. Millions of women—and men—take time out of the paid workforce to raise a child, take care of an aging parent or look after an ailing family member. Caregiving is hard work that benefits our entire economy. However, when Americans take time off to take care of a relative, they do not earn credits toward Social Security retirement benefits. This can reduce their Social Security benefits at retirement, since those benefits are calculated based on their top thirty-five years of earnings—an issue that disproportionately impacts women. For years, leaders like Congresswoman Nita Lowey have called out these disparities. No one should face meager Social Security checks because they took on the vital role of caregiver for part of their career. Hillary Clinton believes this is an idea whose time has come: Americans should receive credit toward their Social Security benefits when they are out of the paid workforce because they are acting as caregivers.
- Build on the Caregiver Respite program. Caring for a sick family member day in and day out can exact a significant emotional and physical toll. Both caregiving family members, and those they care for, can benefit from occasional temporary relief. As a Senator, Clinton was the lead Senate sponsor of the Lifespan Respite Care Act, which was enacted. It authorizes grants that continue today to improve respite care access for family caregivers of children or adults of any age with support needs. As president, Clinton will go beyond President Obama’s Caregiver Respite budget request—investing $100 million in the initiative over 10 years.
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In a Republican Presidential debate, Carly Fiorina referred to a video she claimed to have seen with her own eyes of an aborted baby, kicking while its brain was harvested. Turned out that video was a myth. Donald Trump, in one of his ubiquitous phone calls to Sunday talk show hosts today referred to a video he also saw with his own eyes. It was of “thousands” of Muslims in Jersey City celebrating the fall of the twin towers on 9/11/01. George Stephanopoulos, the host to whom he was speaking, noted that the JCPD denied such a phenomenon ever occurred.
If you were ever in Jersey City prior to that date, you know how those towers loomed over the city almost as if no river flowed between the two cities. I knew some teachers from Jersey City in those days. None ever spoke of such a demonstration there. What they did talk about was the rampant fear among the kids as the towers burned before their eyes and the kids whose parents did not show up to collect them at the end of that day for the saddest and most final of reasons.
It’s a scene that, as Donald J. Trump describes it, would seem to be seared into the American consciousness.
“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” he told a crowd in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday. “And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”
No news reports exist of people cheering in the streets, and both police officials and the mayor of Jersey City have said that it did not happen. An Internet rumor about people cheering in the streets, which said it was in Paterson, not Jersey City, has been denied numerous times by city and police officials.
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I live in Paterson. No such thing happened that day or afterwards.
On a day when this article appeared in The Daily Beast, The Most Important Film of All Time: 26.6 Seconds by Abraham Zapruder, we have to think that if such a demonstration occurred, certainly someone would have recorded it and we would have seen it all over the media.
… when I try to pinpoint a turning point in our attitudes toward violence—whether on film, in journalism, or in real life—I keep going back to Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963. Everything changed in the aftermath of that moment—captured in frame 313 of Zapruder’s home movie.
And even today, when events such as the Paris terrorist shootings take place, we are living in a world in which almost any one of us might be called upon to be an Abraham Zapruder, documenting and sharing world-shaking news and blurring the line between journalist and participant. Even Citizen Kane and The Godfather, for all their merits, can’t claim that distinction.
It could be that Republican candidates are prone to hallucinations. It is more likely that they simply make things up. They spin tales, and some who are not familiar with Snopes.com simply believe what they say.
While the attacks in Paris have temporarily distracted them from their full-on, multilateral assaults on Hillary Clinton and drawn them to sow fear of the refugees of terror, Donald Trump, in the same phone conversation made it clear that the person we do not need to protect us from the non-existent threat posed by imaginary terrorists masquerading as refugees is Hillary Clinton. In words he repeated at least three times like a magic spell, she has no strength or stamina. This is evidently his latest mantra which people will come to believe simply from hearing him repeat it again and again.
No strength or stamina?
From DOS Website:
Total Travel Time: 2084.21 Hours / 86.8 Days
Total Mileage: 956,733 Miles
Travel Days: 401
Secretary Clinton: 2009 Travel
-Copenhagen, December 16-18, 2009
-Brussels, December 4, 2009
-Europe and Asia, November 8-19, 2009
-Pakistan, the Middle East, Morocco and Egypt, October 27-November 4, 2009
-Zurich, London, Dublin, Belfast, Moscow, and Kazan, October 9-15, 2009
-New York (United Nations 64th General Assembly), September 21-30, 2009
-Africa, August 3-14, 2009
-India and Thailand, July 17-23, 2009
-Travel to Canada, June 13-14, 2009
-El Salvador, Honduras, Egypt With the President, May 31-June 4, 2009
-Middle East, April 23-26, 2009
-Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago, April 16-19, 2009
-The Hague (International Conference on Afghanistan) and Europe, March 30-April 5, 2009
-Mexico, March 25-26, 2009
-The Middle East and Europe, February 28 – March 8, 2009
-Asia, February 15-22, 2009
Secretary Clinton: 2010 Travel
-Canada, December 13, 2010
-Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, and Bahrain, November 30-December 4, 2010
-Portugal, November 18-20, 2010
-Asia, October 27-November 8, 2010
-The Balkans and Brussels, October 11-14, 2010
-New York United Nations 65th General Assembly, September 19-27, 2010
-Sharm el-Sheikh, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman, September 13-16, 2010.
-Pakistan, Afghanistan, Republic of Korea, and Vietnam, July 18-23, 2010
-Ukraine, Poland, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, July 1-6, 2010
-Latin America and the Caribbean, June 6-10, 2010
-Japan, China, and Korea, May 20-26, 2010
-Estonia, April 21-23, 2010
-Czech Republic, April 7-8, 2010
-Canada, March 29-30, 2010
-Mexico, March 23, 2010
-Moscow, March 18-19, 2010
-Latin America, February 28 – March 5, 2010
-Qatar and Saudi Arabia, February 13-16, 2010
-London and Paris, January 26-29, 2010
-Canada, January 25, 2010
-Haiti, January 16, 2010
-The Pacific, January 11-14, 2010
Secretary Clinton: 2011 Travel
-Germany, Lithuania, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands, December 4-8, 2011
-Republic of Korea and Burma, November 30 – December 2, 2011
-Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia, November 9-19, 2011
-London, United Kingdom and Istanbul, Turkey, November 1-2, 2011[Cancelled]
-Malta, Libya, Oman, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, October 17-23, 2011
-Dominican Republic, October 5, 2011
-New York United Nations 66th General Assembly, September 18-27, 2011
-San Francisco, September 14-16, 2011
-Paris, September 1, 2011
-Turkey, Greece, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and China July 14-25, 2011
-Budapest, Vilnius, and Madrid, June 29-July 2, 2011
-Guatemala and Jamaica, June 22, 2011
-U.A.E., Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, June 8-14, 2011
-London, Paris, and Islamabad, May 24-27, 2011
-Nuuk, Greenland, May 11-12
-Rome, May 4-6, 2011
-Berlin, Seoul, and Tokyo, April 13-17, 2011
-London, March 29, 2011
-France, March 19, 2011
-France, Egypt, Tunisia, March 14-17, 2011
-Switzerland, February 27-28, 2011
-Germany, February 4-6, 2011
-Haiti, January 30, 2011
-Mexico, January 24, 2011
-United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman, and Qatar, January 8-13, 2011
-Brazil, January 1, 2011
Secretary Clinton: 2012 Travel
Czech Republic, Belgium, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, December 3-7, 2012
-Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo, November 20-21, 2012
-Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia, Nov. 11-20, 2012
-Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, and Croatia: October 29-November 2, 2012
-Haiti, October 22
-Peru, October 15-16, 2012
-New York United Nations 67th General Assembly, September 23 – October 1, 2012
-Cook Islands, Indonesia, China, Timor-Leste, Brunei, and Russia, August 30 – September 9, 2012
-Turkey, August 11-12
-Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Benin July 31 – August 10
-France, Afghanistan, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt and Israel, July 5-17, 2012
-Finland, Latvia, Russia, and Switzerland, June 27-30
-Brazil, June 20-22
-Mexico, June 18-19
-Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, May 31-June 7
-Chicago, May 19-21
-China, Bangladesh, and India, April 30-May 8
-Colombia, Brazil, Belgium, and France, April 13-19
-Saudi Arabia and Turkey, March 30-April 1, 2012
-United Kingdom, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, February 22-26, 2012
-Los Cabos, Mexico, February 18-20, 2012
-Germany and Bulgaria, February 3-5, 2012
-Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, and Cape Verde, January 16-17, 2012
There was this. Hillary Clinton’s State Department Legacy September 29, 2013 which included these.
>For the first time in its history she completely overhauled the State Department , USAID, and interagency cooperation with her Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).
>For the first time in history she called all of the chiefs of mission together at the State Department for annual conferences.
>She instituted an Office of Global Women’s Issues.
>In June 2009 she provided benefits to domestic partners of foreign service diplomats for the first time.
>She brought previously neglected countries back to the table with numerous memoranda of understanding and countless business initiatives.
>She kept the alliance between Afghanistan and Pakistan stable despite enormous challenges.
>She reopened the vital supply route from Pakistan into Afghanistan.
>She ensured U.S. access to the vital Manas airstip in Kyrgystan.
>She Salvaged the Turkey-Armenia accords which she was supposed to simply witness when they suddenly nearly fell apart.
>She brought issues like human trafficking as well as violence against women and LGBT communities to the international table.
Hillary Clinton visited many dangerous and forgotten places, confronted dangerous men, delivered tough messages, brought home hard-won accords. She reached out to those who were slighted by the previous administration and brought opponents together.
July 8, 2010
July 8, 2012
Hillary Clinton has dealt with tough customers and brought smiles, peace, and understanding to a world that is often inhospitable to many. Just this past week, these were her words.
You have to work with institutions and partners, like NATO, the EU, the Arab League, and the UN. Strengthen alliances and never get tired of old-fashioned shoe-leather diplomacy.
And, if necessary, be prepared to act decisively on our own, just as we did to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. The United States and our allies must demonstrate that free people and free markets are still the hope of humanity.
This past week, as I watched the tragic scenes from France, I kept thinking back to a young man the world met in January, after the last attack in Paris. His name was Lassana, a Muslim immigrant from Mali who worked at a kosher market. He said the market had become a new home and his colleagues and customers, a “second family.”
When the terrorist arrived and the gunfire began, Lassana risked his life to protect his Jewish customers. He moved quickly, hiding as many people as he could in the cold storage room and then slipping out to help the police.
“I didn’t know or care,” he said, “if they were Jews or Christians or Muslims. We are all in the same boat.”
What a rebuke to the extremists’ hatred.
The French government announced it would grant Lassana full citizenship. But when it mattered most, he proved he was a citizen already.
That is the power of free people. That is what the jihadis will never understand and never defeat.
She could never have imagined that the next terrorist attack would be upon that young man’s native country. Hillary Clinton has never shrunk from a challenge, backed away from a threat, or failed to go the extra mile to stand up for what is right and fair. That requires the essence of stamina and strength. Let’s remember her legacy as secretary of state while Donald Trump spins his latest toxic myth about her.
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Hillary spoke at the Blue Jamboree in North Charleston and then signed the papers putting her name in the Democratic Primary race in that state.
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The crowd at Fisk University was so huge that there was spillover into the yard So Hillary went out on the balcony and spoke to the folks out there. #NobodyLeftBehind – not when Hillary is in charge!
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In honor of RFK’s 90th birthday, Jeff Greenfield, who worked as one of his speechwriters, explains why his legacy still looms so large.
He has been dead five years longer than he was alive. More than two-thirds of Americans were not yet born when he was killed, and if you were old enough to have voted for him the year he sought the Presidency, you’ve been on Medicare for at least three years. To remember that he was born ninety years ago is to understand just how long ago he died—and perhaps to remember as well that he was the third brother to die violently before his 50th birthday. When Press Secretary Frank Mankiewicz announced his death, standing atop an automobile outside a Los Angeles Hospital, he ended with a sentence that encompassed despair and rage: “He was 42 years old.”
So why does Robert Kennedy remain so powerful a loss for so many who remember him—and, remarkably, for so many who know him only in the images they see in retrospective histories. For his detractors—and they are legion—it is little more than the rose-colored distortions of sentimentalists or naive liberals. For his acolytes, it is the loss of what would have been a Restoration, a return to the earlier years of the 1960s, before the War, before the racial and cultural divides that cleaved a country. (As one sign had it during a Kennedy rally in Indiana in 1968: “Camelot Again.)
It was the very first election in which I could vote. As a kid, I had campaigned for JFK. It was a school assignment, but I would have done it anyway. My sister and I had a box full of pins and stickers that we could not give away in our Republican town. If my mother hadn’t pitched them when we moved, they might, later, have helped finance my way through grad school. But as joyous as I was that my candidate won that election, and as destroyed as I was by his assassination, my support for Bobby Kennedy was never predicated upon a return to Camelot. So I disagree with Mr. Greenfield on that point. I also disagree with his header because Bobby Kennedy did not die. He did not just fall and expire on the floor of the hotel kitchen. He was felled by an assassin. Murdered. Other than those two points, I agree with Mr. Greenfield and appreciate his reminder that we would be wishing Bobby a Happy 90th under more fortunate circumstances.
I was an anti-war person and had spent months following and helping Eugene McCarthy’s campaign. He was not all that likable, sort of dry, and I really was not paying a lot of attention to his platform except that most of it consisted of ending the war. That was why I backed him… until St. Patrick’s Day 1968, the day Robert Francis Kennedy threw his hat in the ring also on an anti-war agenda. I flipped like a Solo cup.
On the campaign trail, Bobby was a powerful and effective speaker and could get very riled over injustice. He took up the cause of migrant farm workers, and we saw him on the back of pick-up trucks parked in the fields. Cesar Chavez would be beside him, and he would be wearing that jacket that was always too loose. It was Jack’s and too big for him. He always looked a little sad, no matter how jubilant and funny he might be, and there was that jacket on him that broke my heart.
Bobby was livelier, wittier, and much better prepared, as Greenfield points out, from his days in the White House, than Gene McCarthy could ever have hoped to be. It was easy to be enthusiastic about him. His agenda was broader than McCarthy’s with social justice planks. He appealed to our better selves. When we lost him, we lost all of those things Mr. Greenfield mentions. I lost all hope for the 1968 election. My first vote was a robotic one for Hubert Humphrey who lost. I thought we had already lost back in June.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan won Bobby’s senate seat. A brilliant college senior wrote a thesis in which she analyzed some of Moynihan’s senate initiatives along with the effects of certain government programs on his constituency. LBJ waged a war on poverty, and there was a lot of controversy around government programs at the time. On page 76, she compared “decentralization” in Ocean Hill-Brownsville (Moynihan’s constituency) with “unconstitutionalism” in Little Rock. She had no idea when she wrote that sentence that she one day would be First Lady of Arkansas and later occupy the seat Moynihan had inherited from Bobby thus representing Ocean Hill-Brownsville herself.
In Arkansas and in her campaign for and service as New York Senator, Hillary Clinton’s similarities to Bobby emerged loud and strong. Her interest in improving the schools, her attention to “the little people” – the ones who cannot finance anything for a politician – were Bobby’s interests. She had a value added. She saw the degree to which the role and rights of women impacted families and the economy and always put families, parents, and children at the core of her efforts. She listened to people. She visited farms and small, post-industrial towns. Like Bobby, she was called a carpetbagger, but she won that seat – twice – and served the people of New York and the United States with vigor and honor. In 2008, 40 years after Bobby, she was my candidate. Truly the first to have won my heart in the way Bobby had – to the extent Bobby had – no, even more, she was and is Bobby plus. I have always said that about her.
Jeff Greenfield is right. We lost a great deal – in our history – when we lost Bobby. We cannot know what he might have done. We cannot know what kind of party we might have today had he survived. It was a loss, a huge one. It is most unusual to be given a second chance. We had that with Hillary in 2008, and it did not go our way. A few weeks after suspending her 2008 campaign, she was, as she had promised to be, on the campaign trail for the presumed nominee. (Many supporters peeled off for that, but that’s why we love her. She keeps her word.) When I say “trail,” I mean she was in muddy fields in California with migrant farm workers. Just like Bobby.
Now we have yet another opportunity. Hillary is the candidate. She is the one who will do things Bobby would have and more. I am not saying she is exactly like him, she is not, but they were/are kindred spirits. He would have loved her. I cannot help thinking that. We have one more chance to elect someone who fights for ordinary hard-working Americans – for us. Like Bobby, she has been in the White House and knows the ropes.
In the same way Bobby was not running to finish his dead brother’s term, Hillary is not running for her husband’s third term. She is running for her first term. Supporting Hillary is the best tribute we can pay to Bobby’s memory in my book. She is that voice of which Mr. Greenfield speaks.
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At the Brady Center “Bear Awards” at Cipriani tonight, Hillary Clinton received the first Governor Mario M. Cuomo Leadership Award.
The Brady Center “Bear Awards” are named for Jim “Bear” Brady, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and his wife, Sarah, who worked side by side with Jim to pass the landmark Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, more commonly known as the “Brady Law.”
The Brady Center “Bear Awards” honor the efforts of individuals who have distinguished themselves in their dedication to Sarah and Jim’s vision of a nation without gun violence and who embody their remarkable spirit, strength and perseverance, to the extent that anyone else can!
Hillary’s day began with a TV appearance. She then delivered a major policy speech and attended the premiere of the documentary “Once and for All” which chronicles the 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference. Receiving this important honor in recognition of her efforts to curb gun violence was the perfect way to end her busy day.
Our best compliments, Mme. Secretary! Well-deserved!
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This evening, after an early morning TV appearance immediately followed by a major policy speech, Hillary Clinton attended the premiere at the SVA Theatre of AOL’s MAKERS: ‘Once And For All.’ She was introduced by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, and posed on the red carpet with Katie Couric.
From there, she shuttled over to Cipriani where she is now receiving the inaugural Governor Marion M. Cuomo Leadership Award.
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