David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

Update and the Minimum Wage

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Dave is feeling well today. He is good spirits. He had the energy for reading to the smaller children this evening. He enjoyed visits from several people yesterday. He is up and about the house. Last week he was in bed most of the day.

The chief consultant reviewed all the tests. He has changed Dave’s chemo regime because they think the Vincristine may be causing some of the nerve problems (he has some demyelination of his nerves). This means he is no longer able to put on his own socks. He has no strength in his fingers for tasks that require fine motor control like opening cans and writing. He is not able to hold a cup normally but can manage if he holds the whole cup as opposed to just the handle. He has some pain in his hands. His strength in his legs is returning so today he made an effort not to lean too heavily on the walker and his hands were less sore. They are hopeful that these changes are not permanent but they may be.

Today Rachel went to school and back by train. The small children and I joined her for the journey there; Timothy (4) thought that his train trip was very exciting.

Noah and Jonny are doing a good job of delivering all the pamphlets.

Sam was pleased with his first full fortnight’s pay and he was offered another fortnight’s work. If he gets a permanent full time position, he plans to continue with some study in the evenings and weekends. When he turns 16 he can enrol as an adult learner with the correspondence school and will get some NCEA points part-time. I rang the Ministry of Education to clarify our legal position. He has an exemption from attending a registered school (to homeschool) so we do not need to apply an early release (compulsory education is 6-16 years in New Zealand). She advised me that work experience can be part of an education. At the moment he is still working in his holiday time. Once his holiday time is used up, I will add in some book work. Sam really enjoys his work and will happily take any extra hours they give him. Unemployment here is on the rise: “New Zealand’s unemployment rate is 6.5 per cent and figures released last week showed the number of people on the unemployment benefit rose 13 per cent last month to 66,328.” A job is a precious thing. Youth unemployment is much higher at about 20%.

As an aside, today the Government raised the minimum wage to $12.75 (from $12.50). That will only make the first rung of the ladder higher (http://mises.org/daily/3618). Better to be on a low rung with the hope of climbing that never getting on the ladder. A job can be about more than money: it is about the dignity of your labour being worth something.

A job may be an issue of survival (not in New Zealand): the following articles on whether to ban child labour may be of interest findarticles.com and mises.org/daily/2858.

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January 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm

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  1. Sam was pleased with his first full fortnight’s pay
    I’ll bet that he looked like the cat that got the cream :).

    Warning: political comment re child labour follows…

    In the Communist Manifesto (1848) Marx and Engels stated, amongst other things, that they wished to abolish the family. They also laid out ten steps for the transition from Socialism to Communism. Step ten includes abolition of child labour and education of children in state/public schools.

    Obviously abolishing child labour is the first step in the state’s plan to get children into state schools. Why did Marx and Engels wish to get children into state schools? Consider these words from the Manifesto:

    Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists.
    […]
    But, you say, we destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social.

    And your education! Is not that also social, and determined by the social conditions under which you educate, by the intervention direct or indirect, of society, by means of schools, &c.? The Communists have not invented the intervention of society in education; they do but seek to alter the character of that intervention, and to rescue education from the influence of the ruling class.

    The bourgeois clap-trap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parents and child, becomes all the more disgusting, the more, by the action of Modern Industry, all the family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labour.

    Present-day Socialism is very closely related to Communism. Abolition of child labour is part of the Socialist/Communist plan to destroy families and make state indoctrination of children (via state schooling) stronger than parental indoctrination.

    Mandeno Moments

    January 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm


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