This exact thing happened to Logan!! http://thebillfold.com/2013/05/my-free-lunch/
@boringbunny Sorry but arguing that having simple norms is important as though achieving those norms is a separate issue from poverty is a nonsensical. Brooks explicitly dismisses the issue of money as though the poor would still behave the same whether they ceased to be financially poor or not. Separating implementation implies something incredibly odious about the relationship between behavior and wealth.
There are few things more gut-wrenchingly disappointing than when my otherwise intelligent left-leaning friends express neutral-to-positive opinions on David Brooks. Brooks is particularly noxious because he enacts the fantasy of the reasonable conservative. He teases his readers with the idea that he's THIS close to crossing over to the other side only to shake his head sadly and toddle back over to his conservative corner. "Values" is a smokescreen to fool us into thinking that he really cares about poverty. He doesn't.
Single, no kids, with life insurance through my job. It's free and pays out twice my salary if anything happens. I'm glad for this because if I die, my family doesn’t get stuck paying the balance on my student loans. They didn’t cosign so I’m cautiously optimistic that it won’t be an issue. But I don’t trust those bastards. If I have kids, I'll almost certainly add more but for now it doesn't make much sense.
@LDW payed-paid. Hello afternoon brain :P
@Kimberly Alison I think that's oversimplifying the logic. It's more along the lines of, "I'm cutting your pay because, due to the fact that you have a penis, your pay has been artificially inflated to keep a structurally sexist pay structure in place." It's hardcore but it addresses an aspect of unequal pay that doesn't often get addressed. It's not simply that women are under-payed but that men are often over-payed. Let the MRAs howl.
This may have to do with iron absorption and vitamin d deficiencies issues a lot of women face on a vegan diet. This is NOT to say that it's impossible, but if you're borderline anemic or dealing with bone issues, it can be a bit harder to do vegan. Being tough has nothing to do with it. Bodies are different.
This is amazing. Truly, thank you for sharing
@madrassoup Here, here! Logan's long form pieces are the ones I've missed the most and I do hope that you have time to write a few when you get more acclimated to your new job. There are a lot of people writing about debt and broke-ness out there, but this site has created its own aesthetic surrounding writing about money that I find at once relate-able and enjoyable to read. Logan, you've been essential to that aesthetic and I think we all owe you a debt of gratitude.
@beastlyburden There is also a false binary in the thinking here. Work is either grinding and awful or it’s fulfilling but underpaid. Either the author really believes that, or he uses it to justify not thinking outside the box. In any case, it smacks of immaturity to me. Grownups brainstorm solutions that come the closest to being good for both people rather than shrug and go back to building fruit baskets.