Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Dumbest Syndicated Columnist Comment of 2008

Peter Baylies, who has done more to create a national community of dads than anyone else, doesn't post very much over at his blog, athomedad.com, but when he does, it's worth reading. So check out his latest, which takes financial columnist Dave Ramsey to task for being trapped with a warped, out-of-date view of manhood.

Dear Dave,
I bring home $2,800 a month, and my husband stays home with our two daughters – one three, the other three months. He’s healthy and able, but he won’t work because he thinks he can’t make enough money to cover the cost of daycare. Our rent is $1,000 a month, and our other bills add up to about $2,000 a month. What do you think about this, and when is it okay to avoid daycare expenses by not working?
Daisy

Dear Daisy,
I’m an old-school guy, a crusty old dinosaur about some things. I grew up in a generation where a guy who did this kind of thing was called a wuss, or worse; not because he’s staying home with the kids, but because he’s staying at home while you guys can’t pay the bills!

I’m all about family togetherness, and with spending as much time with your children as possible, and I don’t have a problem with guys being stay-at-home dads as long as the family is in agreement and can afford to do that kind of thing. But if you’re just scraping by, or can’t meet your financial obligations, which seems to be true with you guys, that’s a different story.

This guy needs to get off his butt, fulfill his responsibilities as a man and a husband, and find a way to start taking care of his family!
- Dave

I don't know what his money advice is like, but it's hard to take anyone like this seriously in *any* way ...

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