Of course we had to feel sorry for the 22 year old father of four who supports his family on minimum wage. If you’re only capable of making $5.15 an hour then do you have no business making four kids?
$5.15 is what most people in this world make in a month.
Now as a libertarian I’m not one for government control and minimum wage laws etc. I have to disagree with the above though, not on some moral basis, but that they are misnomers.
Paragraph 1: Ostensibly yes, however you can’t really tell what the circumstances of the guy is. I haven’t seen the show so don’t know if his case was fully fleshed out or not, however a guy can be hit hard in life. Maybe your wife dies, maybe your wife is a bitch. Maybe you get injured, maybe you aren’t the brightest post. Maybe you shouldn’t have had four kids. I’ll still help you out if I can. I think society should help out the needy, however I don’t believe state sanctioned theft is the answer, nor is forced charity.
Paragraph 2: The economy of the Philippines is not the same as the economy of Australia or USA. ‘$5.15’ in USA doesn’t mean the same thing in other countries. For example, you guys think $10 US is cheap for a book. I think its fairly standard to high for a book. People in the Philippines could buy 10 of those books for what would be the equivalent of $10US. THAT’S why they only earn 5.15 a month.
Are you guys talking about that 30 days show with morgan Spurlock the ‘super size me’ guy? They showed the first couple of episodes in Aus then it disappeared. I only watched one, some yank christian who didn’t like muslims lived as a muslim. Now he realises they are people too! YAYAYAY!!! Lame.[/quote]
I agree completely. Not only is the cost of living different in other countries, but it is different in other cities in THIS country. Someone making 30K a year could live “OK” in Texas. I doubt they would get by too well in New York. I used to live in a one bedroom studio apartment with upstairs and downstairs for 420 bucks a month in Houston, 10min from the medical center. I think that buys you a closet in some cities.
Considering all of the people I now know who have been divorced at least once by the age of 35, having four kids as a single parent isn’t really saying much. I know guys right now working lesser paying jobs as their wives go to college. What if they get a divorce later? Do they get grouped in with those who “can’t make more than min. wage”?
I hate the show. I think it needs to be pulled. But one thing that bothers me even more happens to be people who can’t comprehend the life situations of others at all. Now, if the guy is a high school drop out and has 4 illegit kids from 4 different mothers, that is a completely different story.