LJ 2008-02-19 14:47:00
Wrong. Logically flawed. Economically unviable.
The prices that they give as “going rates” for the work that women do are set by existing levels of supply and demand, not to mention the fact that they are undertaken by people with entirely different overhead costs. If being a housewife was an open market, the competition within it would drive average salaries right down. Certainly I wouldn’t expect to pay a lay-person the same rate as an accountant in the first place, but even if I did, with all those housewives in the free housewife marketplace, I’m sure I could find a cheaper price.
One more thing.. since most of the work is being done by the woman for the woman, she would therefore have to pay herself at least half of the salary.. So I would pay her Â£15k, on which she’d have to pay tax, then she would have to pay herself the remainder, plus enough to cover the tax already taken, on which she’d pay further tax. Ultimately, she would earn about Â£11,000 for herself, and we as a unit would have paid the government Â£4,000 for the fact that our house has been kept clean. The word “fail” has never felt so appropriate.