Ever been to Athens, Ohio? OU was voted THE party school in the country by Playboy numerous years in a row. Playboy finally stopped recognizing them - as the award was not supposed to be for "professionals", as they put it. Meigs County - where Athens resides - is one of THE premier pot growing areas of the entire US of A! What to party - go to Athens.
No, his use of "progressive" is correct, not the coopted meaning used to avoid being called a liberal.
 November 25, 2015 at 10:07am
Big houses? I would argue that our $$ have been devalued to the point that most of us have to have two incomes just to stay afloat and not become one of the takers.
Please here me out. If we learn anything about a situation like this. I know from personal experience about living on one income at 36K per year with a family of 5. We had one vehicle, an 800 square foot rental. I was working 3 jobs at one point. And we were involved in church this whole time. It can be done. its a matter of priorities. We as a society (especially Christians) need to do the right thing no matter the cost and trust God to provide for our needs. I've been told so many time "it must be nice that you can live off of one income, because we could never do that". Most people who have told me this live just as I've described in the original comment above. It would be better to be poor and to have children that were raised by their families than to have the riches of this world. Even, if you have to be on food stamps, to make it. A one income home is far better off. Nothing in life ever worth doing comes easy. It takes sacrifice.
@jrcherron Same here, 30 – 35k year, Family of 5 (3 boys), 1500 sq ft house, 2 smart phones, 2 vehicles, we home school, I work 40 hrs a week, we have Dish TV, internet, and we play on line gaming. Our kids are involved home school grp activities, and 4 h. We go out to the Movies when a good show has come out too. So it’s not like were missing a lot.
What we don’t do, drink alcohol, go to bars, smoke, put our kids in every kids program there is, we don’t spend 2k a year on Christmas presents. We don’t keep up with the Joneses. I don’t buy new cars and trucks. We don’t buy new Air Jordan’s every few months for the kids. etc etc
Before Obama took office I could live and pay all my bills on a 32 hr pay check. Now since Obama has gotten to destroy everything (and the rates of TV going up) I need to work a full 40.
and you can thank obama for adding another 12 trillion to our debt for making the dollar all but worthless. I'm sure his ultimate goal is to kill the capitalist system and replace it with a socialist one. Amazingly China have figured out that the socialist system has failed and changed to a capitalist one but obumer being the rocket scientist he is closes his eyes to developments like this.
"Even, if you have to be on food stamps, to make it"
If you can't afford kids you should not have them. It is not my responsibility to care for your children long term.
This type of mentality and the gov-ments use of inflation contributes to people having to work more for less.
@politicianssuck, I am not advocating for people to be on food stamps. Sometimes circumstances throw things your way unexpectedly, in which case I would not tell my wife to get a job because circumstances changed. It would still be better for the mother (or father) to stay at home even if it meant them being on food stamps for a short time. No one should long to live for government entitlements. We should all do our part to take care of our own responsibilities and to help others when needed. The problem in our society is the complete breakdown of the family unit. The family unit needs to come first (second actually to God) at all cost legally. Then you fix what’s broken beyond that. But besides that point, I homeschool my kids but I still pay for other people’s children to go to school, so really even if we were on food stamps (which we are not) it would still be a wash. And besides this fact, when a person is contributing back to society by working a job and on food stamps it’s different from the person who chooses not to work and is on food stamps. Again I am not advocating government entitlements. But even if you have to go to the food bank or church, one income homes would be better for families (Children Specifically). Our personal responsibility to our children is not second to our responsibility to society. I could go on, but I digress.
jrcherron I get what your saying. But just having one parent at home changes very little in regards to the "traditional family".
If dad or mom has to work 2 or three jobs he/she is still never home. That is still a broken home.
You say that everyone wants big houses and big cars and thats what keep from having a traditional family. But if you break down a proper financial picture for families you will find that having nice things is only a small part in the problem.
Do you have health insurance? Life Insurance on both parents (most people don't) ? Disability Insurance (most people don't)? Car Insurance? Homeowners insurance or renters insurance?These are vital but expensive.
How about paying $900 a month too live in a better neighborhood vs $500 to live in ghettos? Is that your idea of "nicer houses"?
How about a nicer car versus a junker which may not get you too work?
What about retiring? Can you afford to put away 10% or 15% every month so your not a burden on your children or society?
You say you have made it work on 36k per year with five children plus homeschooling. Did that include all the proper insurance and retirement? Which is part of being a responsible parent.
Just like owning a house, YOU are responsible for the upkeep. If you cannot afford it then you should rent. Same goes for children.
You said "It would be better to be poor and to have children that were raised by their families than to have the riches of this world. Even, if you have to be on food stamps, to make it."
This statement is a long term statement. No one should have the right to dictate to another person that they must pay for you to live the life you want. Whether that be a fancy lifestyle or a lifestyle where one parent stays at home.
Government Welfare (not entitlement, no one is entitled to anything but what they earn themselves) is a burden on tax payers and should not be used for people who want to have one parent stay at home. You said people need to sacrifice, I agree. But this also includes not demanding someone pay for your spouse to stay at home because you decided to have children.
I mean no offence. But having a proper financial plan is expensive, and this does not include the luxuries you speak of. If you live as you speak of, but still dont have the proper insurance in place or are not contributing to your retirement then no, you are not making it.
@politicianssuck, you are on a pretty high horse. I guess I am one of the irresponsible parents. You know, because I am not on Obamacare and I don’t have retirement, and I don’t have my wife working to have those thing. I guess it makes me a bad parent for not feeding my kids GMO foods, and not having them on big pharma chemicals, and not sending them to daycare and public school. We all know that having your kids on insurance, having them vaccinated, and having them raised outside the home is way better for them. Tell me, do you read the labels of the vaccines that you put into your children (if so, and you still vaccinate… wow!)? Do you own a weapon for self and family defense? Do you have a go bag? Do you have 6 months of food storage? Do you have means of surviving in the wild? Do you have knowledge of life saving techniques? Do you have a community of friends that you can depend on if something should happen beyond your control? Do you instill all these values into you children. Or do you just think that because you have insurance and retirement that you are going to be good no matter what? It’s a good thing to make sound financial decisions (i.e. Insurance, Retirement, Good Car, Safe Neighborhood), but non of these things are a promise of security (even all the things I mentioned). My main point is, the traditional family set up (one income homes, both parents involved, homeschooling (i.e raising your children)), is the best way to raise a family.
@politicisionssuck, I have a feeling that you are probably a good and involved parent. I also value your opinion and challenges. I'm guessing we would enjoy having a beer together. Just for the record, I have 3 wonderful beautiful children, and an amazing beautiful wife who is a stay-at-home-mom. I make closer to 70G's at this point in my life. I have all sorts of insurance. And 2 vehicles, one of them the company pays for. We own a house in the country (890 sq ft). 2 dogs, 2 cats, and chickens & goats coming soon. I work forty to fifty-five hours a week. I office out of my house, but drive all over the major metro to get to my customers. The lord has blessed us tremendously. I have worked hard the first 6 years of my marriage and family as I described making no more than 36k a year. But I had to pay my dues to get where I'm at now. I can't tell you how many times we have seen God provide for us, and now because we have put family first, we have the ability to bless others by serving them financially and through service. I hope to make a lot more money in the future, so that we can add on to our small house and adopt children. Bottom line, 1. God 2. Family 3. Job 4. Community - Love the Lord your God with all your mind, soul, and strength, and love you neighbor as yourself.
From 1994, when my first child was born, I have been a stay at home mom. My husband's income was barely above minimum wage, and we disdained government aid. I used my college education to run a cost analysis on the working vs. staying at home with the children. I would have had to make almost three times minimum wage to justify getting an outside job! There are soft costs as well as hard costs, such as PEACE OF MIND. I also homeschool. Most homeschoolers are single income families, and we share information on how to make it with limited resources. You'd be surprised at how much knowledge has been lost because so many mothers choose to work outside the home.
"you are on a pretty high horse."
Actually no, I am just pointing out the reality. You see, I grew up in a single parent home, if you wish to call it that. For most of my teenage years I was actually homeless. I watched people's lives around me get ruined by drugs and alcohol. I have seen my baby sitter get beaten by her boyfriend while my little brother was still a baby. I have seen people shoot up, snort up, and light up right in front of me. I have seen dead bodies with their heads shot off due to drug users stealing from each other. I have lived in the worse of the worse that America has to offer. So no, I am not on a high horse. I simply know what real poverty is. I have had those special people that GOD had put into my life as I grew up who taught me small nuggets of info such as retirement, insurance, budgeting, and yes, basic survival. I have watched people get laid off after thirty years in one company with no retirement and health insurance. Who were very close to me and lost their life because they had no money saved up and no health insurance and refused to see a doctor for ailments. Recently a buddy of mine cut his finger off and is still forced to work because he has no disability insurance in place and no savings. The guy is miserable right now.
A member of my church recently confided in me
(I lead financial classes) that his mother told him not to put her in a retirement home when the day comes that she wants him to care for her. Meanwhile she refuses to save money but spends it and has no retirement, or any other financial umbrellas. So is it responsible to be a burden on your children because we fail to invest in retirement? I know we say social security is there but it is not. You get a negative return on what you put in your whole life, so there will be no other option but to rely on your children or ask, as I stated before whether it be now or in the future, reliant upon society to take care of you because you chose the life you want and by proxy told someone else to pay for it. Again, not being offensive but rather blunt about the truth.
 November 21, 2015 at 10:00am
There already have, and probably will be more,but sadly I believe they will not wake up.
 November 20, 2015 at 10:37am
Mod you freak: WWII undertaken by Christians? And what was the majority that fought against them?
 November 20, 2015 at 10:22am
They did open it. Try some other sources.
November 19, 2015 at 9:15am
NO STATION HERE THOUGH
 November 18, 2015 at 10:33am
I have a working, and beautifully crafted, Browning-Drake farm radio invented there around 1920 when the school was not yet MIT but still Harvard. I consider it kind of a time capsule itself.
Your right dannysq. Whenever I read “full investigation” what I really think is complete CYA and coverup.
 November 10, 2015 at 8:47am
MRM, acceleration lane? that’s a whole ‘nother story right there. I bet the left lane obliviots are the very same ones that don’t know what that means and stop on the ramp.
 November 4, 2015 at 10:00am
Five reasons to not use this tech. 1-Michael Hastings 2-Michael Hastings 3-Michael Hastings 4-Michael Hastings and 5-Michael Hastings!
November 4, 2015 at 8:54am
Any body seen the-flea?
 October 25, 2015 at 11:10am
Kind of Pub, Thats part of the reason cars are the second most expensive item most people buy.
October 25, 2015 at 10:57am
SSQ thats complete b/s. In six years at Hyundai I have repaired exactly one from a rental company. And the problem was a tube of chapstick stuck in the seat rail. If your domestic (ie canadian/mexican)pos’s had a standard 10/100 warranty they’d be out of business in a few months. And don’t count Chrysler they already died over and over and over again. I believe they are Italian now lol.