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knitter4democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-10-08 08:28 PM
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40. I quit to stay home with our kids--most of my salary would've gone to childcare.
At the time, I was a teacher in the Catholic schools, and we were already using med school loans to help cover some living expenses, so when I got preggers and started looking around, I was shocked to find out that staying home would only cost five grand more in med school loans than staying in the classroom. Given that I was sick and tired of the political crap and whiny kids, it was an easy choice.

National healthcare and national childcare. Those would lift so many out of grinding poverty right there, and it might encourage some to take jobs they wouldn't normally with lower pay to make our society stronger.
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  -Something I never really thought of, not having kids myself Lydia Leftcoast  Mar-31-08 11:09 PM   #0 
  - I don't quite understand  gateley   Mar-31-08 11:13 PM   #1 
  - When MEN are calling the shots and making the decisions...........  Double T   Mar-31-08 11:20 PM   #2 
  - oh, right.  bobbolink   Apr-01-08 11:47 AM   #8 
  - It depends on the woman.  knitter4democracy   May-10-08 08:29 PM   #41 
  - Personally, the better places to work...  Duke Newcombe   Mar-31-08 11:42 PM   #3 
  - I urge you to read "Nickel And Dimed". I urge you to fully read what  bobbolink   Apr-01-08 11:48 AM   #9 
  - You assume correctly...  Duke Newcombe   Apr-01-08 01:45 PM   #13 
     - If you're not sure where justice is in this, then there's not much to discuss.  bobbolink   Apr-01-08 01:55 PM   #14 
        - Thanks...I'll put it on the...  Duke Newcombe   Apr-01-08 02:11 PM   #15 
           - I'm sure my mileage varies greatly from yours.  bobbolink   Apr-01-08 02:14 PM   #16 
              - Um...okay...sure.  Duke Newcombe   Apr-01-08 02:21 PM   #17 
                 - thank you ever so kindly for your liberal sneeeer.  bobbolink   Apr-01-08 02:35 PM   #18 
  - What kind of jobs are you thinking of?  knitter4democracy   May-10-08 08:31 PM   #42 
  - This is not at all new, but it's gotten worse.  silverweb   Mar-31-08 11:44 PM   #4 
  - I am right there right now....  Journalgrrl   Apr-01-08 02:41 AM   #5 
  - You have my empathy & respect.  silverweb   Apr-01-08 11:32 AM   #6 
  - Wow. That's awful.  knitter4democracy   May-10-08 08:35 PM   #43 
  - Other countries do this. The US is in the dark ages.  bobbolink   Apr-01-08 11:51 AM   #10 
  - Oh, I don't follow any simplistic "Repubs bad, Dems good" ideology  Lydia Leftcoast   Apr-01-08 12:27 PM   #11 
     - Actually I was replying to another post that did put the onus on the RW  bobbolink   Apr-01-08 12:36 PM   #12 
        - You're right.  silverweb   Apr-01-08 02:45 PM   #19 
           - WHERE do you see these issues prominently displayed and ACTIVELY pushed?  bobbolink   Apr-01-08 03:34 PM   #20 
              - Without going on an extensive search...  silverweb   Apr-01-08 05:30 PM   #21 
                 - sigh... it's not about a "search". It's about the people right near you, in your churches,  bobbolink   Apr-01-08 08:50 PM   #22 
                    - You were the one asking, not me.  silverweb   Apr-01-08 09:54 PM   #23 
  - There is 'free or very affordable child care' available. We have  usnret88   May-01-08 10:37 AM   #36 
     - Not unique, but not common.  knitter4democracy   May-10-08 08:43 PM   #46 
  - Read "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich. Better yet, have it as a book study  bobbolink   Apr-01-08 11:46 AM   #7 
  - I have been saying this for twenty-three years. If we can  midnight   Apr-12-08 04:57 PM   #24 
  - If we're going to provide funding for child care ....  TexasBushwhacker   Apr-12-08 06:25 PM   #25 
  - Thanks for the commercial from the Heritage Foundation.  bobbolink   Apr-13-08 04:53 PM   #26 
  - Are you suggesting those things are a bad idea?  TexasBushwhacker   Apr-14-08 11:22 AM   #28 
     - You have the RW talking points down very well, including the name calling.  bobbolink   Apr-14-08 04:21 PM   #29 
        - And you still haven't answered my question  TexasBushwhacker   Apr-14-08 05:17 PM   #30 
           - You're giving the same script.  bobbolink   Apr-15-08 12:29 PM   #31 
  - Half the country makes less than $30,000 a year  sandnsea   Apr-23-08 05:32 AM   #34 
  - Well allrighty then. Seems to me that if they already know going  usnret88   May-06-08 01:04 PM   #38 
  - It must be a Texas thing, bushwhacker  KSinTX   May-06-08 12:09 AM   #37 
     - Subsidizing poor choices?!  knitter4democracy   May-10-08 08:38 PM   #44 
  - That is so very true. NOW>.. what about the rest of us? Should I just hurl myself  bobbolink   Apr-13-08 04:55 PM   #27 
  - My SO and I made that decision in 1985  Mabel Dodge   Apr-22-08 10:19 AM   #32 
  - You never really thought about child care??  sandnsea   Apr-23-08 05:30 AM   #33 
  - Since I don't have kids, it's not on my mind a lot  Lydia Leftcoast   Apr-24-08 12:22 AM   #35 
  - We do have what you described in your second paragraph. I  usnret88   May-06-08 01:15 PM   #39 
  - That's not available everywhere or for every shift.  knitter4democracy   May-10-08 08:42 PM   #45 
  - I quit to stay home with our kids--most of my salary would've gone to childcare.  knitter4democracy   May-10-08 08:28 PM   #40 
  - I was promoted to management at ATT and even then  sfexpat2000   May-12-08 11:02 PM   #47 
 

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