Being the Homework

Judging from the Providence Journal’s letters section, social work students at Rhode Island College have been given the assignment of denouncing Bill Felkner’s January 13 op-ed. Amanda Eyes is the latest “candidate for a master’s degree in social work” to make the opinion page, and she contributes the following interesting statistic:

The problem with dialogue about public policy is that few are willing to share the full story. Finding a job in Rhode Island that pays enough to support a family without more than a high-school diploma or its equivalent is impossible. Without some form of post-secondary education or training, minimum-wage jobs are the only option (thanks to many of the manufacturing jobs that are now overseas). According to the Poverty Institute’s published document, the 2006 Rhode Island Standard of Need, the cost of basic necessities, food, clothing, health care, transportation, housing and child care for a family of four requires an annual income of $60,000, or $28.85 an hour.

I’ll testify, as the breadwinner for a family of five who makes quite a bit less than $60,000 per year, that this standard of need is probably pretty accurate. Does that make me a candidate for welfare and special programs? I certainly hope not; if such families line up for public handouts, who would be left to finance them?
As I keep endeavoring to explain, that income line is the entry level of the group that is fleeing Rhode Island. They do not want handouts (they couldn’t live on them anyway); they want opportunity, and the only way to provide that is to get the public sector out of the way.

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Ragin' Rhode Islander
Ragin' Rhode Islander
15 years ago

Presumably she’s referring to a “family” with a single “breadwinner,” i.e., a single mother, such as the Poverty Institute Poster Child that brought RI it’s first welfare bastard of the New Year.
Whatever happened to the quaint notion that you shouldn’t have children out of wedlock, and even then, still wait until you could afford to support them.
Sorry, I just can’t be sympathetic to irresponsible parasites.

15 years ago

You’re a cruel man Ragin’. You’ll never earn the title “progressive”.
How dare you suggest impoverished women shouldn’t be encouraged to breed endlessly and saddle the suckers with their education, houing, food, utilities, job training, babysitting, etc.
Don’t you know “diversity is our strength”?

15 years ago

“I come for visit, get treated regal,
So I stay, who care I illegal?
I cross border, poor and broke,
Take bus, see employment folk.
Nice man treat me good in there,
Say I need to see welfare.
Welfare say, “You come no more,
We send cash right to your door.”
Welfare checks, they make you wealthy,
Medicaid it keep you healthy!
By and by, I got plenty money,
Thanks to you, American dummy.
We have hobby–it’s called breeding,
Welfare pay for baby feeding.
American crazy! He pay all year,
To keep welfare running here.
We think America darn good place!
Too darn good for the white man race.
If they no like us, they can go,
Got lots of room in Mexico!”

15 years ago

that poem is beautiful. thank you for making my day!

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