Thursday, October 6, 2011
My Mother Never Worked Journal Entry
I do not believe that a homemaker who has never been a wage earner should be entitled to a Social Security death benefit for her survivors. If the homemaker did not put any money into Social Security, then why should he or she receive any money back? I don't think its fair for people that actually have documented paying jobs and contribute to Social Security. A homemaker definitely works, don't get me wrong. But, they never pay into the system. There is an example of this in "My Mother Never Worked" by Bonnie Smith-Yackel. Bonnie's mother "worked" all her life. She worked in the fields and in the house with the children. But, she never had a legit paying job. That was her problem. Bonnie gets upset when the Social Security woman tells her her mother never worked and she cannot get the death benefit check. All in all, I feel like Social Security has a good reason to not give homemakers the benefits.