Oftentimes during discussions of poverty people will comment that people should just work harder or go and get a job.
For this exercise, calculate the budget (housing, utilities, food) that a family of one adult and two young children require for one month in Omaha. After you have calculated monthly expenses, calculate how much that one adult would need to make per hour, minus taxes (28%), in order to reach that monthly budget.
Now add child care, transportation, a work wardrobe, meals, and health care to that budget. Suppose one of the children is of elementary school age and the other is an infant; now add school supplies and diapers…
After doing this, decide if it is cost effective to leave welfare for work. Support your opinion.