Published: Thursday, April 3 2014 11:55 p.m. MDT
Wages hasn't gone up much since the 70's. Utilities, food, gas and
taxes sure gone crazy.
It is calling living within your means.
There was a time when many women didn't work, and the men were the bread
winner.Now women have left the home and taken many of the jobs men
used to have.With television and theaters, a war on men has begun,
and are made to look crazy. No more Ward Cleavers.Why are families
stuck in poverty? IMO, it's the destruction of men as the head of the
100 years ago, the vast majority of men didn't work outside of the home
either - in an agrarian society. It was the family farm. That world is largely
gone. I would hardly consider what the women of the day did as not working, any
more than what the men did as not working. That whole vision of women not
working is a huge myth.That said, the premise of the opinion piece
completely misses the point. The problem with pay equality has never been at
the low end. minimum wage is minimum wage. Everyone is in the same condition
there. Where the gap was greatest was on the other end of the pay scare - in
professional jobs and management. There the pay imbalance has been most
Women are graduating college at a higher rate than men, in both degrees and
advanced degrees. It is much harder for men to get a job, get into school etc.
When they're labeled as the enemy and oppressor of women. Can you name any
boy from birth to age 18 that has single handily oppressed women? I'm not
sure why boys are treated like dirt, when the talk is about being
"equal". Which we all know "equal" means stripping mean of
every means to provide for themselves, and re-distribute everything to women.But gender warefare, race warfare and class warefare has been going on
for a long time. Rather than having a discussion on how to make life more
equitable for all, it's how do you destroy one group of people and take
everything they have. Or the mentality "it's our turn now" and
punish people that had nothing to do with issues of years ago.We
need to learn to let go of issues. If Israel and Palestine could let go of an
argument that started thousands of years ago, they would be better off.
Its mostly about the economy and being able to earn a living wage on a single
income. Sure you have to live within your means but eventually you can only cut
back so far or work so hard. With the new ACA ruling on college adjunct hours, a
colleagues salary has been cut from $80,000 to $20,000 since teaching more than
one class with prep-time means working 30+ hours a week according to the IRS, so
in an effort to avoid paying benefits, colleges and universities are scaling
back to one class per adjunct. She is trying to teach at multiple institutions,
but there are just so many hours in a day.
The good old days are gone, and all we've got is to pine for their return.
@worf: "Why are families stuck in poverty? IMO, it's the destruction
of men as the head of the home."Maybe. I think that it is the
feminization of poverty. If a woman has an education she will make more money
relative to men than in 1970. That makes sense. No surprise.But
since 1970, the number of out of wedlock births has gone up (the aftermath of
the 60's). Out of wedlock births is a ticket into poverty. Poor women
can't go to college because they have babies. The father (not the husband)
is gone. I saw someone thing on PBS years ago and there was this man and he had
fathered six children with six different women. He was kissing one of them in
the hospital. She had just had his baby and now she was going to drop out of
nursing school to care for the child. (He wasn't going to be around.)I applaud the Deseret News for raising this issue and this is why I
support laws which strengthen the institution of marriage. Marriage between a
man and a woman is a liberal value.
"The good old days weren't always good..." - Billy Joel
CHS 85,maybe not, but they were better than today
Health care. Maternity leave. Minimum wage. Education. Birth control. We're
coming up way short in all these areas, and more. Women's salaries',
even if they are seeing modest growth, aren't going to fix it. Oh, and
women can work if they want. It's fine.
Cost of living is slamming this generation. I'll put it in perspective for
you. In 1984 my Dad made 50,000 a year and the average house cost 76,214. Today
I work the same job and make 60,000 a year while the average house is
369,677.We live in Canada.$76,214 - average home 1984$154,587 - What it should be today with inflation$369,677 - The actual
cost of the average home in 2014Whether it's cars, tuition,
rent or anything, prices have doubled, tripled, and more while the average
family income is nearly the same.There is your answer in a nutshell.
This generation is struggling for a reason.
Let's see, male unemployment has doubled since 2008. So the phony wage
inequality which measures all mens incomes against all women's incomes is
more equal. So at the low end of the scale, single mothers are still broke.
Gee that's a surprise. Can you really name a company that has non-skilled
or non-commision jobs that pays men more than they pay women? Those companies
do not exist. If they did there are thousands of lawyers ready to cash in.
Why are families stuck in poverty?:* war on fathers-men* out
of wedlock births* economy--inflation--free trade agreements* weak
educational system with too much focus on testing rather then teachingMany reasons!
The lack of responsible behavior is at the core of poverty. (Yes, there are
situations where disability or unemployment are the cause - but they are not the
majority. Years ago I worked in an urban center and it was rare to find an
intact family, or even a family where all of the kids were from the same
father.) It used to be that you were a cad if you got a girl pregnant and did
not marry her. In some communities it is now bragging rights. Rather than
taxing everyone to cover all of the welfare benefits, how about the father pays
for the child or does some jail time. The government spends 17,000 per year per
person in poverty for anti poverty programs. Imagine if that money when to pay
for education instead. Keep your pants zipped or be prepared to pay for your
Because men's salaries have gone down.Meanwhile -- The
Rich are getting richer, the Middle and poor are getting poorer.Regardless of gender.
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