If you are a family of 6 and you can't survive on $57,000 a year, there is a SERIOUS issue in the way you live.
I agree with you in principle, however consider my sons.
Twin sons, one wife each
2 children each, same age within few weeks, girls.
Same education right through college, same degrees, same college loans, same pay checks, different states of residence
One(tenn) bought a house (entry level moderate) the other rents mine in Maine.(lower then market rent)
The one in Maine is running my coal boiler but the expense of electricity and heating cost equal him out with the cheaper cost of living here and this sons higher house payment.
Tenn son has stay at home mom after first child, Maine son has working wife. Day care cost all her paycheck now after 2nd child.
They both have one new vehicle, pretty nice, not luxury models. The one in Maine has a decent used SUV for the wife. She is still working so they need 2 vehicles.
Now, both do NOTHING like I did. NO sports, no hobbies, no hunting, no 4 wheelers, no motorcycles...you get the picture.
Both quit drinking beer during the week to save money. Both non smokers.
They both track their income and expenses with Excel spreadsheets,
Believe me, they got that from their accountant mother.
At $65,000 approx. a year, they are struggling. Compared to guys I see that I know don't make what they do, and are riding around with new toys on the backs of their trucks and hunting and fishing etc, something is wrong. (welfare) I am at a loss as to where the money goes, it is just the cost of living these days, and the college loans right now, they both do fund their retirement accounts.
My point is, what we consider middle class is sliding backwards, we are losing ground and fast. I remember my brother getting his first job teaching school back in the mid seventies. His salary was just over $10,000 a year and he was so happy he said he'd work the rest of his life for that much money/year!
The new things being brought in will only hurt my sons. It is degrading the standard of their living to give to less fortunate or lazy people. Pure socialism any way you cut it. They have healthcare, Obamacare will just be another tax on them to subsidize the rest. They can only hope to move up and make more then the gov. is stealing at this time.
I would NOT take $57000 dollars a year and 6 kids on a bet. No frigging way. Not here, not in Maine.