Tom Cunilio: A 'family wage' is needed


Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 3:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 3:08 p.m.

The Republican Party won big last year taking the U.S. House and the Governor's office in Tallahassee. Marco Rubio seemed to express the humility which more politicos should seek when he said that neither political party has led well to this point in these times.

May I suggest that we reduce the 9.6 percent unemployment, which promises to become endemic, by applying the one principle that Churchill said was indispensable: courage. Republicans stand for almost nothing if they do not courageously apply one of the other great American principles: Love of equality (which Montesquieu called "virtue") to these post-modern times.

The sexual revolution saw women attempt, through their labor power, to "have it all." But as the late Pope John Paul II stated in his 1991 encyclical Centisimus annus, "...labour became a commodity to be freely bought and sold on the market, its price determined by the law of supply and demand, without taking into account the bare minimum required for the support of the individual and his/her family. Moreover, the worker was not even sure of being able to sell "his own commodity", continually threatened as he/she was by unemployment, which, in the absence of any kind of social security, meant the spectre of death by starvation."

As mothers, too many have failed in this vast competition for consumer-oriented life which is a big reason families are disintegrating. There is a significant number of women who have children and husbands (sometimes both at home!) who would willingly trade in their job for a chance to be better mothers. Half of the unemployed Americans could, if given a chance, be employed raising at home their children be they men or women while the spouse works. Therefore, a "family wage" should be pursued by the Republican party and for that matter the Democratic party, courageously.

Tom Cunilio,

Gainesville

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top