Today’s Daily Prompt:
You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?
Wait for it.
Wait for it.
Wait for it.
I would make a law that allowed me to make three more laws.
Don’t ever try to limit me to just one anything!
I will beat you
at your own game
But, in all seriousness, as much as I love laws — and I do, I’m one of those irritating rule followers — I have a hard time coming up with the laws I would enact first if given the opportunity.
I would certainly enact one law that would benefit mothers.
And enact another that would benefit the Earth.
Somehow both of the above laws would trickle down to benefiting children.
Not just today’s children, but tomorrow’s.
Because I think the Earth, mothers, and children are often the ones who suffer with a lack of laws in their favor.
I would enact a law, I think, that would allow one parent to choose to be at home to care for his or her children, if he or she chooses, for at least two years full-time, and then supplementary after that until the children leave home.
My new “Family Leave Law” would not emphasize the LEAVE, but the STAY.
It would make a case for staying.
So staying is something a parent could choose to do, as opposed to making a major financial sacrifice when choosing to leave a full-time job in order to care for children, which is the situation for most people.
My law would reward and support parents for choosing to take on the job of caring for, educating and nurturing their children before and after school, for which we now pay others to do in a daycare system or through paid childcare.
My law would use taxpayer’s money to offer the parent caring for the child financial benefits and significant tax breaks for the time spent caring for the child.
In many countries (not the U.S.) laws like this already exist in some form. The existing law is not as supportive as my proposed law, per say, but it’s better than what exists right now in America under the Family and Medical Leave Act which basically protects no one and supports nothing, but the employer.
It’s a joke.
If you have ever been pregnant, you know what I mean.
Unless you’re a teacher, a union member, or work for the state government — those guys, from what I hear, have it pretty good.
Of course, there are cases to be made for not doing this.
Israel is one such case.
People here have lots of babies.
For a long time.
I’m talking 6, 7, 10 children.
My new law could potentially create a financial hardship for the government.
Which then may lead to the government putting a cap on how many children they will subsidize.
Which then will lead to anti-government people getting all up in arms about government regulating what we can and cannot do; how many kids we can or cannot have.
Which would lead to a media frenzy.
Which would lead to an outcry. And then a backlash. And then, maybe a reversal of my law.
Which makes me really glad, for once, I’m not the one making laws.
It’s really not as easy as it appears, is it?
What law would you enact?
3 thoughts on “If i was a lawmaker, but then again no…”
The law I’d enact would be ‘make no laws.’ 😛
Don’t get me wrong, I love a tight personal rule set…but they can only be personal. Other’s may prefer a different set of rules.
Some laws don’t need to be laws because they are common sense; eg. driving on a specific side of the road. Once a country has agreed which side of the road to drive on, people tend to stick to it, not for fear of punishment but for fear of being smashed to jam.
Some laws don’t need to be laws because the kind of person who is prepared to violate the underlying social taboo of crimes like theft, murder and rape is not going to be dissuaded by legislation.
Some laws don’t need to be laws because they amount to state control over the behaviour of supposedly free people, criminalising acts which affect no one but the perpetrator, drugs legislation for example.
Some laws don’t need to be laws because they are solely designed to benefit the ruling elite and remove power from the hands of the people.
One rule: Treat other people as you would expect them to treat you 🙂