I do not see it as welfare at all if the momey is going to someone who is in my wife or Nick's wife's position. They have careers, we can afford to have children, but it is about the time spent with the child when young. It is the essential development time that is integral. My wife had to return to work after 6 months as we had saved enough through forward planning to allow us to have that time off with the mortgage paid, the bills sorted, my child support paid in advance for my 3 children to a previous marriage (which is calculated on gross salary) and also enough that we could enjoy the time with our little guy. But 6 months is too early in my eyes to leave a child in daycare fulltime which we had to do. It breaks my wife's heart every day leaving him to go to work. It is not about being able to afford children, it is about being able to afford that short period of time that is the essential period of development and growth a child has and for that period the number one thing the child requires is it's mother. My wife wanted to go back to work, just like Katie did (Nick's wife), but Kel had to return early simply due to us not being able to survive without a second income although we have both worked and paid taxes for over 20 years and this is the only period in our lives that we have not held fulltime jobs yet a 12 month period to spend with your baby is now impossible unless you sacrifice everything else you have worked hard for leading up to that point.
We have worked since we were 16-17 years of age and paid tax the entire time which inevitably goes into the coffers of whatever government is in power at the time and spent on whatever bull crap initiative is the new "great hope", so when it comes to my wife spending 9-12 months at home with our son before returning to the work force I think she should be compensated accordingly. We had the 16 week basic income which we appreciated and made last, but the 26 week would have been enough for us to stretch that time at home with our son longer. I am all for it. Those who can claim they should purchase a house within your means, you should budget for kids or not have them etc etc may have had the silver spoon opportunity that the majority have not, or actually believe the rubbish in which they spew but you live in a false reality eitherway. You go ahead and sacfrifice the things you have worked hard for, you go ahead and wait til the right time to have kids and enjoy them between the age of 60 and never, I will happily take what the government throws at me and hope to expect more when we decided to have another, because as far as I feel, we have paid for enough bums, junkies and houso's to pump out kids and live off handouts, it's now our time.
Avatar Bet - bleedgreen99 - Raiders to make (BG99)/miss(Lucy) the 8. Avatar from last round of regular season 2015 until GF 2016.
Signature Bet - Raider85 - Raiders to get(Lucy)/miss(R85) the wooden spoon. Signature for entire offseason.
Bottle of something to the value of $70 - Matthew Borewood to not see (Lucy)/to see (Piggles) a first grade game in 2015 for the Warriors.
The Name Change Bet - Regarding the three bets above;
I win all three I keep my name.
I win one I become "the Punish"
I lose all I become "Chicken Little"