Daniel Powell 8:30 a.m., Dec. 18
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Paying Housewives...that sounds like the latest reality show.
On KGBs morning show Friday, I caught the tail end of a discussion about how much a stay-at-home wife would make if she were paid for the jobs she does.
I think the newscaster said that it would come out to around $175,000. And Dave, the main DJ, talked about how crazy that is.
And I agree with him.
This is the same as the people out there that foolishly believe women make less than men for doing the same jobs. But that's a different debate for a different day.
I have no problem if a woman stays at home while her husband works. Even if she doesn't have kids to raise. That's between them.
My problem arises when the woman starts talking about how valuable that job is in terms of money. Of course, if you had a maid come in and clean you'd pay her. Of course, if you had a private chef making you meals that would be a fortune.
But guess what?
If the man mows the yard, shouldn't that be considered?
What about the time your husband built the back deck on the patio? How much would that have cost to hire builders?
And something else to keep in mind in all this. If the woman isn't working and WAS NOT married, how would she pay for the house she's living in? Because, I'm guessing if you go anywhere and say "Can I rent this house for free? Oh...but I'll keep it clean and that's worth something." You'd probably have a hard time with that one.
So, while we're figuring out how much a wife would make for all her cleaning and cooking...let's also subtract the room-and-board she's getting.
What about that noise your Buick was making? The husband went under the hood and fixed it in five minutes. I'm guessing the mechanic down the street would've seen a million things wrong and it could've cost you a grand, easy.
So really....newspapers need to start coming up with new material. They recycle these types of stories every few years. And the logic of the premise never really makes sense.