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Paid Family Leave Failure with Mika Brzezinski and Raúl Labrador

Brzezinski asks Labrador about paid family leave 6 times in the clip below.  After the first question, Labrador answers clearly that it's not for the government to insist that private businesses give paid leave.  After the second attempt, he says that he had a private business and he gave his employees paid leave, but that (again) he doesn't believe it should be mandated by government.  Brzezinski keeps pressing on this and getting variations of the same answers until Labrador reminds her that he wasn't invited on the show to talk about paid family leave.

Brzezinski is not willing to accept his answer -- that private business should be free to handle leave in the way they see fit, since they must find a way to pay for the leave themselves -- and is not willing to argue for her own position.  Her own position seems to be that government should mandate that private businesses offer paid family leave, but she does not make a case as to why she holds this position, or how the leave would be paid for and enforced.

The audience is let down by this exchange.  Brzezinski should have made her own case clearly, and not simply repeated a question to which she had received a fair and apparently earnest answer.


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