You are clueless. You cannot use assertions of how the world was 40-50 years ago to make arguments now. I hate to tell you a lot of people yearn for the Ward and June Cleaver days. Sure that would be a wonderful option. Wake up buddy, it isn't an option for a growing percentage of the population including those who are well educated. The only way to make that an option in many places, including Chicago, is to move yourself to a below-par neighborhood with higher crime rates and a crappy education system. Sure, if I could make that sacrifice maybe we could do it. Yeah, i'm just materialistic. I want my kids to have the opportunity to go to good schools and not live in fear. That's the problem with all of us who don't care about our families, just ourselves. We are just too materialistic to give up these ridiculous desires, aren't we? I don't know where you live but you obviously aren't in touch with reality in metropolitan areas, anyway. Give me a budget for somebody making $50 grand a year to support a family. I'd like to see it.