Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pay Them

I've known lots of presumably good liberals who were uncomfortable about hiring certain kinds of household help (the "women's work" kind) based on the notion that such people are exploited. Well, no, they're only exploited if you pay them a crap wage. More than that, all of the products you buy or external services you procure which are cheap are cheap in large part because they're being paid, by someone else directly, but you indirectly, a crap wage.

If you wish to and can afford to hire a housekeeper or nanny or anything similar...Just pay them well. Such jobs are only bad jobs if people pay crap wages. Unlike many other areas of the economy, you actually have the power to treat them and pay them well. Nothing wrong with that.