There’s a sponge in the pot !

Five to six decades ago, in developed countries, a family with 2 or 3 kids, a mortgage, a car, and normal living expenses could survive conservatively on one average wage.

Those days have long since gone. The individual’s greed in wanting mega-mansions, several cars, and other high living elements has led to the non-contributing partner getting a job, and in many circumstances husband and wife having 3 or more jobs. This gave birth to a larger “pot of gold”.

This attracted the attention of various government agencies (taxes, electricity, water etc), land developers, home builders, trades persons, food chains, insurance, medical, dental, entertainment and many more. Collectively grouped as “the Sponge”, these opportunists realised the increasing “pot of gold” was there for the taking, and hence maximised their profits to match the multi-income families purchasing power.

But now, a family with 2 or 3 kids, a mortgage, a car, and normal living expenses can only survive conservatively on 2 average wages, and families with 2 or 3 kids and only 1 average wage suffer from a below average standard of living.

The Sponge had set a new “norm”, which has precluded a growing number of families. The divide between the “have” and “have not” continues to increase, and the governments handouts are under stress.

I see the equation as having 2 parts: government handouts and the Sponge.

The question is; should anything be done about elements within the Sponge?


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Mick has enjoyed creating cartoons and humorous illustrations since 1996, and his creations have appeared in newspapers, magazines, various manuals and the Internet. Please have a look around Mick’s samples in the 4 sections here and email him for a quote at

Posted on December 1, 2012, in Cartoon, illustration, humour, humor, caricature, political, art, Australia, Perth, cartoonist, Illustrator and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is so very true. The ideal “keeping up with the Jones”, I remember that being said by my mum a lot. Having all the nice creature comforts in the world is nice, but unless you have time to enjoy them, then what is the point.

  2. Great post. Your ideas on solution are right on the money. Really and truly though, Middle class families have to take responsibility for their money.The average family can write letters to their senator all day long but the fact of the matter is…. teaching yourself and your family the high moral integrity that is to be gained by saving and spending your money wisely, is truly priceless.


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