on the make-up of SAHMS.
"If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing."-- Kingsley Amis, British novelist, 1971 t .
Exactly, the privilege is in the choice, not the status.
um, yeah. that's the point.
One of my pet peeves is the Poverty Line. It isn't a real indication of poverty anymore (if it ever was). One person in the Federal Government in the 1960's created it and it has never been substantially changed since. She did a survey and found out -at that time- the average family of four in the US used 30% of their income to buy food. So she went to the grocery store and figured what it would cost a family of four to eat healthy food. She then multiplied that by 3 (or so) and voila the "Poverty Line was born. Now the average family of four uses around 15% of their income on food. But he poverty calculation is still 3 (or so) times the cost to feed a family of four. That is why we see people qualify for programs at 2x or 3x the poverty line- it is an admission that the poverty line isn't really measuring what it says it is.
The other thing that gets me is that the national poverty line is not adjusted for COL. I know a family of four can live on an income of $35,000 in my mother's hometown of Podunk, Iowa. They can even afford to buy a house. Things would be tight but they would definitely be living above poverty. OTOH, here in northern Virginia- that family wold be living with another family or a homeless shelter or public housing. A few years ago, our county determined the "local" poverty line for a family of four was $68k.
I appologize for hijacking your post.
No problem. I have many of the same gripes. There is a huge group of people who live somewhere between the "poverty line" and an "adequate living wage" and that is terrible.
I drive by a place in my town called the Voluntary Action Center, which is a kind of clearing house for different organizations who serve low income and other special needs populations. This week is the week when families sign up for holiday help -- meals, toys for their kids, etc. The doors open at 8 am, and they can process 80 families a day. I drive by at 7:30ish, and everyday this week there have been lines all through the parking lot and down the block waiting for their numbers. I know there are a few people who live to "scam" the system on things like this, but it's really pretty sad when parents are lined up at the door to ask for things like sheets for their kids' beds, or "a basket full of things that you can't buy with food stamps, such as aluminum foil, trash bags, paper towels, sanitary napkins, and toilet paper."