Your Baby is a Baby, Not a Number
Budgets should be about numbers, not personal trauma. They should be created with wisdom and efficiency, not shaming tactics. So Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, really blew it when he specifically blamed the birth of two employees’ babies for company benefits cuts. As in, sorry your co-worker’s kid is so expensive, you just lost a little 401K money.
In my opinion his comments were morally reprehensible, but fortunately, the mother of one of these babies has responded. Her personal account is poignant, her explanation of private healthcare apparently needs repeating, and her public dressing down of this CEO is appropriate.
Please take the time to read this article by Deanna Fei on SLATE.
This should be the final word on condemning our children as burdens to society or threats to the bottom line….but it won’t be.
I wrote a more comprehensive post about Community Supports, which was really a rant, here. Please note that Fei’s story is not about spending of tax payer dollars but rather receiving the health care benefits that they paid for.