Yes you should be ashamed if you're not a taxpayer, with the exception of the truly disabled you should be earning a real wage and paying taxes and contributing to society.
That's telling all those stay-at-home spouses. Start earning a real wage! You are breaking apart this country! And get off of my lawn!
Household income. Stay-at-home parents are dwindling in numbers but their job is certainly no less important than their spouse. If you can still afford to have one parent staying at home than more power to you, I think the kids benefit in the long run but it's become almost impossible for people to swing it these days.
The article made my brain hurt...I would argue one parent staying at home is by choice more so than economics. My wife stayed home and still does with my youngest in college. It has benefited our household greatly and I think has made me more successful in my career. Maybe it is economic; she was thinking of going back to work this year and I did the math and it silly for her income to be taxed at close to 50% ( 39% for Fed taxes, 7.65 for Fica) and this doesn't include the expense side of working. Its really easy to become middle class in the USA, all you have to do is work 40 hours a week at any retail establishment and then get a second job like Uber for 20 hours a week
- all of a sudden your making at least $50K and a taxpayer! If you can manage to stay married, your wife can stay home - Maybe not in LA or NYC but in most of the USA. But with all the "public" money why stay married and why work 60 hours a week when you don't need too.
So, work 60 hours a week with retail and Uber and bring home $50K per year, what are you smoking? So you can get to $31,200 at $15/hr. but what retail job, anywhere pays that amount. In my area, retail pays, at most, $8.75/hr. That's $18,200 per year, assuming you get any vacation pay, if not and you're never sick then I guess the $18,200 is doable. Now again, in my area, there is no Uber, medium sized city, about an hour away from a city large enough to use Uber so that's not going to happen. So now I'm working two retail jobs, 80 hours per week, if you can find even one that gives steady hours, bringing in $36,400 annually. Okay salary for my area but now I'm supporting a wife I never see and if I have kids they will grow up without a father anyway and in most cases, no benefits.
Regardless of what you believe, it is becoming less and less easy
to be middle class in the USA. If you are of lower intelligence and no help from your family then it becomes almost impossible to even come close to middle class. There are cases where it happens but they are few and far between. Hell, even construction laborers in my area struggle to get $12/hr. and that is without any benefits.
Each day is what you make of it so make it the best day possible.