Been thinking quite a bit about this minimum income thing and for me the issue always comes back to kids. Up until now the thought has been how to make sure the parent/guardian spends the portion they might receive per child on the kid. I'm okay if an adult wants to blow their entire income on blow, crack, smack, or booze but how do we deal with things when the parent/guardian neglects the children in their charge? I don't have a good answer to that.
Today I was reading this article: http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/22/news/economy/minimum-living-wage?hpt=hp_t1
It's another in the endless articles about inequality, living wage, etc. I really feel sorry for folks earning low wages, having been there myself for many, many years, but this stuck out at me today:
Amy Glasmeier, a professor of economic geography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has created a living wage calculator based on government data, which bears out this argument.
She breaks down the total cost of living, including food, housing, transportation, child and health care, based on the county in which people live.
Glasmeier said the cost of living rises with the size of the city.
For instance, in places with fewer than 250,000 people, Glasmeier found that the living wage would be between $12 and $15 per hour. In cities with 250,000 to 1 million residents, its $17, and in cities with more than one million residents, it's $20 per hour.
"The living wage calculator shows what you really need to make it, to survive," Glasmeier siad. "The minimum wage was never meant to be something for people to live on."
Using Glasmeier's calculator, Burgos would need to make about $15 per hour. But because he has three kids, his living wage would need to be slightly higher.
Okay, I agree on a mechanical basis he would need to earn more, due to having three kids, for their lives to be comfortable. This triggered a thought along the lines of, and I know who'll be here to say this is a horrible thought, why does he get to decide how much of society's resources he can claim through having more kids? Again, I do not have the answer but I think instituting a minimum income is going to meet up with resistance due the per child portion.