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Working Poor

On the Brink: Surviving as a Single Mom in America

Beth Leyba | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Beth Leyba

I am somebody. I have value. I am working, even if it's barely enough to get by. I will simply keep doing the best I can for my children, and I will continue feeding homeless youth even as I struggle to put food on my own table.

Camp Plan Hits Many Working Poor Families Hard, Taking $2,000 From Minimum Wage Mother

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's tax plan would produce winners and losers -- and among the big losers are many families in which parents are struggling to raise their children on poverty wages.

'I'm Lucky If I Can Buy Gas To Get To Work'

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

Janet Weatherly, 43, lost her job with a federal contractor in New Mexico and moved across the country to her parents' house near Pittsburgh. She make...

Finding the Cause of Our Woes

Jeffrey J. McLain | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey J. McLain

Our most pervasive export is our so-called American Dream of 'upward mobility.' But, never-ending economic growth and the ideology that this growth is the panacea for domestic and global woes only increases wage disparity, environmental destruction, and social injustice, worldwide.

America's Cruel Political Math -- Where the Working Poor Equal Less Than Zero

Will Bunch | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

The minimum wage is just one of many policy debates in America in which policy initiatives that would help large numbers of citizens -- at the expense of the few -- are casually dismissed as simply not worth it.

When Job Interviewers Say I'm 'Overqualified' They Really Mean 'Too Old'

Craig Giesecke | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Craig Giesecke

These days I find myself in my 60th year, living with my in-laws in Southern California as if I am a just-graduated 20-something, leafing through Craigslist and other sites looking for a job. The most frequent word I hear in job interviews is "overqualified." Wait a minute.

Down and Out in the Margins of the American Economy

Bill Stieger | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Stieger

We damn well know the pointlessness of self-pity. But through these recent ordeals we have grown jaundiced about our government and both political parties. Our Congress, with little exception, is solely representative of corporate interests, not people like us.

I'm a Single Working Mom -- Stop Calling Me a 'Taker'

Janice Benson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Janice Benson

Some days I am so weary I could sit and cry, if I didn't have so much to do. Entire networks and politicians make careers out of demonizing women like me as takers. Meanwhile, I just pray and work.

The War On The Poor (VIDEO)

Robert Reich | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

2014-02-07-ScreenShot20140207at12.55.58PM.pngMost Americans are on a downward escalator. Median household pay is dropping, adjusted for inflation. A smaller share of working-age Americans are in jobs than at any time in the last three decades.

I'm a Member of the American 'Used-to-Haves'

Kathleen Ann | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Ann

I'm not a "Never Had." I know what it's like to pay bills on time and have a little left over. I remember vacations and pedicures and going out to dinner. As a "Used-to-Have," I know exactly what Corporate America, lobbyists and politicians have taken away from me.

Why Widening Inequality Is Hobbling Equal Opportunity

Robert Reich | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

America's savage inequality is the main reason equal opportunity is fading and poverty is growing. Since the "recovery" began, 95% of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent, and median incomes have dropped. This is a continuation of the trend we've seen for decades.

The Invisible Americans

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Victoria A. Brownworth

Poverty isn't a "money problem." It's not about having to wait to cash out your 401k or your IRA or some of your stocks. It's having nowhere to turn for money. It's wondering which bill can be paid and which bill can be put off.

Mr. President, This Is My America

Paula Bray | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Paula Bray

This is America today. We have no running water; we use a hose to fill jugs. At night, in my bed, when it's cold out, my blanket can freeze to the wall of the RV. I have a Master's degree and have been in the workforce for over 30 years. By the end of this month, we will be without anywhere to turn.

Coming to a Post Office Near You: Loans You Can Trust?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

With post offices and postal workers already on the ground, USPS could partner with banks to make a critical difference for millions of Americans who don't have basic banking services because there are almost no banks or bank branches in their neighborhoods.

How to Make It in America as a Single Mother, by the Numbers

Taylor Hirth | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Taylor Hirth

I have composed this sample buget. It accounts for the things that many people expect lower income families to maintain, and maintain without public assistance. It doesn't account for saving for college for our children, saving for retirement, or saving for much of anything at all.

State of the Union 2014: President Obama Puts Strengthening Women Front and Center

Maria Shriver | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Maria Shriver

For too many American women, the dream of "having it all" has morphed into "just hanging on." This is not about handouts. This is about smart economic policy. Working women are the core of our economy. Leave them out and you don't have a robust economy. Lead with them and you do.

Is President Obama a Laggard or a Leader on Inequality?

Paul O'Brien | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Paul O'Brien

Oxfam's analysis of State of the Union Addresses over the past 100 years shows no president has spoken less about inequality since the Great Depression. Will Obama change that tonight?

Working on Empty: America's Workers Are Spending Down Savings to Survive

Farai Chideya | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Farai Chideya

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Hello Class, Your Professor Is On Food Stamps

Kate Quick | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Kate Quick

I was an adjunct English professor in Alaska with a baby due. If I needed to take maternity leave, it would be unpaid. But the choice that I faced -- either care for my newborn or go broke -- was never really a choice. At 27, I was a college professor on food stamps.

'There's A Constant Terror That My Family Is Going To Starve To Death'

Andrew Perez | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Jason H. Derr, 37, lives near Portland, Ore., with his wife, Erin, and their young son. He makes $10.75 an hour working as a caregiver for adults with...

Dave Jamieson

Fast-Food Workers Set The Table For Raising The Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has made it clear that income inequality will be his defining issue in 2014. If such a strategy helps him advance...

'I Feel Like I'm Just Starting My Life And I'm Already Miles And Miles Behind'

Eugene Mulero | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Monica Simon, 24, works full time at an online advertising firm in Philadelphia and earns $23,000 a year after taxes. She has a Bachelor of Arts degre...

When Working Hard Still Means You're 'Working Poor'

Dirk Hughes | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Dirk Hughes

My story is not unique. It may be surprising, but it is not unique. I have a doctorate. I have been employed full-time for 35 years with only a week or so between jobs. I have worked my butt off my entire adult life. I do not have a drinking or gambling problem. And I still live paycheck to paycheck.

'I Don't Know What's Going To Happen If I Lose The House'

Andrew Perez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Beverly Hill, 60, was laid off in 2007 and hasn't found a steady, full time job since. She’s run up credit card debt and spent her retirement money ...

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Won't Budge on $10.10 As New Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While they're willing to haggle over the finer points of a minimum wage hike, congressional Democrats said Tuesday that they will not lo...