Ravenwood - 09/18/02 06:10 PM
Bleeding heart, Ruston Eastman writes: Minimum wage doesn't come close to meeting one's living needs...
Minimum wage is $5.15/ hour. A married couple working full time would make about $21,000/year combined, which is above the poverty line. As for raising a family, you aren't supposed to raise a family on minimum wage.
Minimum wage is for people with no marketable job skills. (I haven't made minimum wage since I was 14 years old.) If you can't develop marketable job skills, you have no business bringing a child into the world. That is the worst form of child abuse.
It's about time somebody said it...
I believe I was quoting an article, and those aren't necessarily my words. Basically, your argument is that if you don't have "marketable skills," you shouldn't have children. That seems pretty cold to me... What about a single woman making minimum wage, can her $10,500.00 get her a decent living? What about the child from a poor neighborhood who never went to college and has a horrible education? Is it her fault that her skills aren't "marketable?"
Why do liberals love to play 'what if'?
First, you should not have children until you can afford to raise them. Bringing a child into the world when you are unable to raise him is child abuse.
As for marketable skills, it surely isn't MY fault they don't have any. This is the land of opportunity. They have plenty of chances to hold down a job, learn a skill or trade, join the military, become a civil servant, or apprentice to a tradesman. If they are too lazy to do that, than yes it is their fault. All of these things can be achieved with a GED or high school diploma.
Parents should have the social responsibility to raise their kids properly. If they cannot afford to send their kids to college, then they need to get a scholarship. If they are too stupid to get a scholarship, than they need to learn a trade. If they are too unambitious to do any of that, than they deserve what they get.
I want you to know that not every body plans to not have the money to raise their children. Things happen people lose jobs and it might some times not be thier fault. I recently had my daughter and i am now struggling to take care of her cause the job i had for 3 years prior to me having my daughter laid me off due to lake of work. And where i live it is very hard to find a job. most places dont want to pay more then 5.15.
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