It is nice that they don't want to be burdens on society because they had a
kid before they could support a kid. However - if they are in a subsidized
apartment, the taxpayers are paying for them. I am sure they get a Child Tax
Credit and EITC, both means tested, and those are welfare programs too. As a
taxpayer I am glad they are trying, but I am still paying.
It's too bad that in the US you don't have better mass transit
systems. This would reduce the cost of living substantially for people on low
incomes. It might also get rid of some of the air pollution in poorer
neighbourhoods. But it will never happen so long as the country remains in
gridlock, as it now is.
Bravo to this couple for their wise (and rightfully proud) decision to not get
sucked into the welfare system. That alone is probably the best thing they can
do to avoid falling into the trap of living on the welfare plantation, mired in
poverty for the rest of their lives.They are hard workers, and will
struggle their way up the economic ladder of success. And they will have the
pride of having known that THEY did it themselves. And, they will know enough
to never spend beyond their means, or go into foolish debt.And,
someday I predict that they will be voluntarily helping other people who are
struggling.May God bless your family as you earn prosperity.
I applaud efforts to help struggling families in poverty. May they be
successful. Having said that, this story vividly paints a picture of the
dominant social problem of our time. Generations of history have shown that
healthy, prosperous living comes when marriage comes before sex and not
vice-versa. There are reasons for established societal norms. Our current
culture has thrown those norms out the window and we are paying a heavy price.
The work done by these nurses is admirable. However, we need to look at this
from the perspective of childhood poverty being entirely preventible by trying
to prevent what are essentially impoverished children themselves from having
children. A couple steps would be to improve education in general and especially
sex education. Right now our approach to sex, especially among young people, is
essentially denial, and that's a disconnect from reality.
Based on what the article says, it sounds like these two young people made an
error in judgment but are committed to making the best of it. I commend their
willingness to marry and raise their daughter, plus their frugal, independent
attitude. However, I hope they will avail themselves of programs and
services specifically made available for families in their financial situation
and not let pride ultimately prove a detriment to their baby girl's health,
safety, and development.I wish this family all the best in their
aspirations of education, employment, and family joy.