Federal legislation that would establish a paid family and medical leave program has been refiled in the both branches of Congress by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) respectively.  Current law provides workers with unpaid job-protected leave for covered serious health issues, but these proposals (H.R.1439 & S.786), would create “an independent trust fund” within the Social Security Administration to provide the mandated coverage.  The trust would be funded by employer and employee contributions and is projected to be a “self-sufficient fund that will not increase the federal budget”.  That language is almost identical to the language in the Social Security Act of 1935 that created the Social Security Trust Fund back and we all know how independent and self-sufficient that fund proved to be!  “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice . . . “