reply to post by Surfrat
My husband and I are both teachers with masters degrees. We have one son. We work an average of 60-70 hours a week, each.
We almost qualify for food stamps. We are barely above the poverty level. We live frugaly and make the most of our income. But we've had no raise
since the economy dropped and the cost of living continues to rise.
With our economy in its current state, I suspect a lot of folks are finding themselves closer and closer to the poverty line. Hard working folks, who
have a full-time job but are facing cutbacks and unemployment.
As for this lady....sounds to me like she just got her phD in medieval history. She's not a professor at all, but an assistant; a job she got as a
grad student. She planned to get a job teaching, get tenure, and spend her professional life in academia. I think this is a fine goal and one I plan
to pursue myself in the future.
But you don't go from entry-level position to comfortable income overnight, and I think her expectations are unrealistic. I understand she wants to
keep her job because its a foot in the door, but only working 20 hours a week? Work full time at Walmart, or McDonalds, or anywhere else. Do what
you have to do to survive.
I've often thought our welfare system actually CREATES folks with a huge sense of entitlement. I know where I work the majority of our parents are
on welfare, and most of them have no job at all. They also seem quite satsified with that. I actually had a father tell me he saw no reason for his
son to get good grades in school, because "the government pays me to sit at home and play nintendo all day. Now why would I want to get a job making
minimum wage when I can earn more doing nothing?" And what can you say to that? He's right.