Trisha Lovetrove, a blogger at The Huffington Post, wrote a post about having to lie to her local food bank about why she was in need of free food. When I first read the post, I nearly thought it was something satirical from The Onion. It’s not.
From the post:
See, that’s the problem. My husband has a job — a good job considering the economy and our location. I take on small jobs as I can find them to work from home, or where I’m able to take my youngest with me. And yet when it comes down to all of our bills — utilities, rent, insurance, gasoline, medication, clothes and those unpredictable mishaps that seem to plague low-income families — we just don’t have enough left over to feed us all. We are working — but we’re just barely making it. All of our bills have set amounts that must be paid for us to keep our other necessities. How much we spend on food any given week is the only thing I can control.
Trisha Lovetrove doesn’t have a job, not really. She states she’s only willing to take “small” jobs that she can either work at home or take her youngest child with her. With those restrictions, it’s a wonder she’s able to find any type of work. She says that her husband has a “good” job, If you go to her personal Blogger blog, you find out that her husband commutes an hour each way for a job that pays less than $13 an hour.
That’s not a good job.
Plus, the cost of gas, let alone general wear and tear, makes commuting that far economically unfeasible.
The main reason Trisha Lovetrove and her husband are poor is because they decided to have two children before they could afford them. She wouldn’t need to lie to a food bank, let alone use one, if she didn’t have two children to care for. Without children, she could go out and get a full-time job. Without children, she wouldn’t have any excuses for not seeking regular, full-time employment.
People should only have children when they can afford them. It seems simple and obvious, but unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be.