discordian

If GodTube puts up Veggie Tales videos, particulary Silly Songs with Larry, I'm so IN!

Stephen de las Heras

The nanny blog link provides a great look at the numbers, but I don't agree with the conclusion though. Certainly the economy might take a short term hit. But in the long run the picture is much fuzzier.

First off retired nannies need social security benefits, not just as a moral issue, but as a practical one for society as a whole. Fudging on this in order to save money is just plain wrong.

Secondly you have the taxes issue. Even people who could afford to hire legal nannies often don't because of the everybody does it argument. While the city would no doubt have a net loss in taxes due to the lost second income, it would be significantly mitigated by thousands of nannies going on the books.

Lastly, if large numbers of parents have to stay home, and cannot afford to pay as much for housing, then the housing market would correct itself. In other words if single income households were the norm, housing would be much more affordable. The only losers would be wealthy Manhattanites who already own property. And of course employers would be forced to raise salaries to attract and hold onto workers.

The bottom line is that legal nannies would be bad for wealthy property owners and corporations, and everyone else would be much better off. With more leisure time, cleaner homes, and most likely better raised children to boot.

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frankenduf

lol- yeah, we are pretty ugly (I no longer have to speak for myself), and we are the fattest (in your face, Milwaukee!)- sigh... I wanna move to LA- that's where the beautiful people are

Nozzle

Dang -- I married a Philly girl. Maybe living in San Diego for a while was an antidote.

(Not) coincidently, my mother-in-law is also a Philly "girl". I don't know too much about statistics ... could she be the one skewing the stats and giving the city a bad name?

SJ

I just moved to Philadelphia from suburban New Jersey, and I can assure I didn't make a mistake in chosing West Philadelphia to be my new home. Anybody who spends time in Philly, will see why it is known as the "City That'll Love You Back". Don't look at Eagles games for the best examples of Philadelphians. Most of them live in South Jersey. Philly is a city where the positives really do outweigh its negatives.

I think the problem with Philadelphia is that it is overshadowed by other cities on the east coast. Despite being home to some really great universities like UPenn, Temple, and Drexel; it's Boston that is known for being "America's College Town". Philadelphia is a very cosmopolitan city, but it cannot match New York. And after 1776, the city lost it's political importance to DC.

For those of you out there in America, if don't give Philadelphia a chance, you're definitley missing out on a great city.

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discordian

If GodTube puts up Veggie Tales videos, particulary Silly Songs with Larry, I'm so IN!

Stephen de las Heras

The nanny blog link provides a great look at the numbers, but I don't agree with the conclusion though. Certainly the economy might take a short term hit. But in the long run the picture is much fuzzier.

First off retired nannies need social security benefits, not just as a moral issue, but as a practical one for society as a whole. Fudging on this in order to save money is just plain wrong.

Secondly you have the taxes issue. Even people who could afford to hire legal nannies often don't because of the everybody does it argument. While the city would no doubt have a net loss in taxes due to the lost second income, it would be significantly mitigated by thousands of nannies going on the books.

Lastly, if large numbers of parents have to stay home, and cannot afford to pay as much for housing, then the housing market would correct itself. In other words if single income households were the norm, housing would be much more affordable. The only losers would be wealthy Manhattanites who already own property. And of course employers would be forced to raise salaries to attract and hold onto workers.

The bottom line is that legal nannies would be bad for wealthy property owners and corporations, and everyone else would be much better off. With more leisure time, cleaner homes, and most likely better raised children to boot.

Read more...

frankenduf

lol- yeah, we are pretty ugly (I no longer have to speak for myself), and we are the fattest (in your face, Milwaukee!)- sigh... I wanna move to LA- that's where the beautiful people are

Nozzle

Dang -- I married a Philly girl. Maybe living in San Diego for a while was an antidote.

(Not) coincidently, my mother-in-law is also a Philly "girl". I don't know too much about statistics ... could she be the one skewing the stats and giving the city a bad name?

SJ

I just moved to Philadelphia from suburban New Jersey, and I can assure I didn't make a mistake in chosing West Philadelphia to be my new home. Anybody who spends time in Philly, will see why it is known as the "City That'll Love You Back". Don't look at Eagles games for the best examples of Philadelphians. Most of them live in South Jersey. Philly is a city where the positives really do outweigh its negatives.

I think the problem with Philadelphia is that it is overshadowed by other cities on the east coast. Despite being home to some really great universities like UPenn, Temple, and Drexel; it's Boston that is known for being "America's College Town". Philadelphia is a very cosmopolitan city, but it cannot match New York. And after 1776, the city lost it's political importance to DC.

For those of you out there in America, if don't give Philadelphia a chance, you're definitley missing out on a great city.

Read more...