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Arananthi June 2nd, 2014 4:00am

The US median wage is $26k-ish. Half of all wage earners make less than that. According to MIT, the living wage estimate is $40k for a single parent with 1 kid. There are 13.7 million single parents. Should we be cutting welfare programs right now?

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political Georgia
06/01/14 10:05 pm

The median income is 51,000.

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Lelouch Partisan Free Zone
06/01/14 10:41 pm

That's for household. I believe the question is speaking of a single person.

political Georgia
06/02/14 8:35 am

I didn't know which measurement you were using.

commonsense JobLoss Joe Biden
06/01/14 9:04 pm

I was raised by a single parent with an older brother, without welfare. Making less than 40k.

Maybe people are not living within their means.
I'm not disagreeing, only giving another view

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Arananthi Literal Ninja
06/01/14 9:09 pm

Sorry, I believe MIT over your personal anecdote. livingwage.mit.edu/

commonsense JobLoss Joe Biden
06/01/14 9:14 pm

Okay. But remember that mit's report is based on generalizing, not absolutes.

Arananthi Literal Ninja
06/01/14 10:05 pm

There's a reason why we generalize: it's because that way, you get a grip on the general situation, not any one individual's.

swervin Maryland
06/02/14 1:42 am

I agree with you common. Everyone thinks they need to have the newest phone or nice clothes, etc. They live well above their pay and then fall back on the government to help.

DGroot America
06/02/14 9:47 am

I agree with Common, MIT study or not, it is easily possible to live under 40k as a single parent. Maybe with the exception of Los Angeles or New York, ect.