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IdaBriggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 08:51 AM
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4. Sounds like the kids should quit eating and expecting shelter.
Unreasonable brats -- food, shelter AND MAYBE even clothing/shoes? Really, the problem is those GREEDY moms, who should be able to support their children on $1,000 a month -- that should pay for housing (in Michigan, $750 a month is CHEAP rent in a mediocre neighborhood), food, clothing, gas, electricity, water, and maybe a phone for emergencies. If mommy goes to work 40 hours a week, then we have child care at a MINIMUM of $200 a week.

Yup, poor daddy. Its all about him, isn't it?

Somewhere between your "compassion" for this man, and the concept of "responsibility" for his children is REALITY. His paltry contribution of $250 a week is NOT enough to financially support his child(ren), which means his ex-spouse has to work, which means child care expenses. Now, if you were to tell me that this man, undergoing the trauma of a job loss, was providing child care for his children while their mother was earning an income (even if they weren't living with him), I might feel sorry for him. If you add that he's picking up bottles on the side of the road at ten cents each to help pay for their groceries, gas, electric and water bills, and maybe a pair of shoes every few months, I might even have some respect for him. If he isn't doing those things, and is simply "unemployed" and collecting funds for it, then I'm going to think he's a useless bum, and I'm okay with him going to jail.

In fact, I sincerely hope the threat of jail helps provide him INCENTIVE for not having his children become HOMELESS. Being a grown-up stinks sometimes; being the child in the situation you describe stinks worse.
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