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Working Poor

'Thank God We Don't Have Kids. I Don't Know What We'd Do If We Had Kids.'

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Joanne Van Vranken, 50, lost her salaried job at a market research firm in 2011. After spending 16 months unemployed and seeking full-time work, she t...

COMING UP: The False Promise Of The American Economy

HuffPost Live | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

Despite having full time jobs, freelance gigs, and part time work, millions of Americans with jobs are barely staying afloat. We hear their personal s...

More Than 1 In 10 Americans Who Work Full Time Are Still Poor

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A good job may be hard to find in this tepid recovery, but low-wage work still abounds. Whether it's washing dishes, serving Big Macs or folding sweat...

Economic Inequality: When Is Enough Enough?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While economic disparities plague all of the nations across the planet, nowhere are these disparities more extreme than in the United States, and so I ask, when is enough enough?

Sunlight Jr. and the Daily Dramas of the Working Poor

Tiffany Williams | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics
Tiffany Williams

I love movies, but they're usually about people I have nothing in common with. The new film Sunlight Jr. starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon so accurately portrays the difficult yet mundane lives of a working poor family in Florida that I was struck with a mix of discomfort and catharsis.

Working Poor This Thanksgiving

Rebecca Smith | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business
Rebecca Smith

Thanksgiving is one of our most treasured national holidays. But while most of us will spend it sitting down to a sumptuous dinner in the company of our loved ones, some of us will be stocking shelves and working the shop floor.

Here's Why Poor People's Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense

Linda Tirado | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Linda Tirado

We know that the very act of being poor guarantees that we will never not be poor. It doesn't give us much reason to improve ourselves.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Finances but Were Afraid to Ask Ronald McDonald

Lester & Charlie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Wow. We've lived in this era of unchecked corporate greed for a while now. So it's rare that a company's actions take our breath away. But there you have it. The McDonald's hotline stopped just short of pointing out how much cheaper it is to kill yourself.

Obama's $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Fundamentally Change America

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 11.10.2013 | Business

It's official, people: the President supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from its current $7.25. Such a move would drastic...

Congressional and Presidential Leadership Needed for a Fair and Equitable Farm Bill

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Will Congress and the president demonstrate the leadership necessary to enact a strong, but fair Farm Bill that protects our agricultural economy and rural communities? Will it provide a "safety net" for our most vulnerable citizens?

When Winning or Losing Isn't Enough

Robert Hoch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert Hoch

What does a theologian have to say about the current impasse in Washington D.C.? Maybe I would say, "There's a kingdom that breaks bread and there's a kingdom that withholds bread -- our government seems to be the latter."

Dear Congress, Want to Know About the New Poverty Rate? Ask a Working Mom

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

"Want to know what my life is like? Then ask me," said Tianna Gaines-Turner, a childcare provider and mother of three from Philadelphia.

New Census Data Underscores Why Movement to Boost Wages Must Succeed

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

History has taught us that the nation does better when we have a strong middle class. We need bold changes in public policy to reverse the rising tide of income inequality.

Which Son Needs Money More? The Decisions of a Low-Income Working Mother

Judith Sandalow | Posted 11.09.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Much of the rhetoric around budget cuts suggests that lawmakers make tough decisions, but to me Ms. P's decision about how to spend her last $50 is one of the toughest I can imagine.

Dave Jamieson

'Disaster In The Making': Working Poor Losing Faith In Promise Of Mobility

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's working poor value the work they do and have high hopes for their children's futures -- even though most believe it's now easi...

Trimmings for Labor Day

Robert Reich | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

The wealth of the Walton family -- which still owns the lion's share of Walmart stock -- now exceeds the wealth of the bottom 40 percent of American families combined.

Bullies With Buggies -- How Register Rage Blinds Otherwise Reasonable People to the Facts

Sue Kerr | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Sue Kerr

There's a persistent group of bullies in our society who use grocery shopping to exert moral pressure on poor people to prove they "earned" the right to choose their own groceries.

Let's Have a Higher Minimum Wage -- and a Lower Maximum Wage

Floyd Elliot | Posted 10.19.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Conservatives love incentives. Let's pay a top executive 1800 times what a worker makes... because incentives! Let's tax capital gains at half the rate we tax worker's pay... because incentives!

The Cut-at-all-Costs Congress Needs a Dose of Reality

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

For communities across the country where Republican lawmakers continue to wage war on the poor by cutting their lifeline of nutrition assistance, the question remains: whose side are you on?

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Wage Workers Hit Depressing Milestone

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Workers toiling in low-wage jobs marked a dispiriting anniversary on Wednesday: It's now been four years since the last time the federal...

Your Waitress Can't Afford Childcare

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

The working poor are not only working, they're doing some of the hardest jobs out there, including restaurant work, construction and farming. They deserve better, and so to their children.

Farm Bill Folly: The Real Way the Bill Harms the Poor

Lori Sanders | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Lori Sanders

For a party allegedly dedicated to deficit trimming and reducing wasteful subsidies, the bill passed by House Republicans is an outrage, made exponentially worse by the provision that makes its most egregious programs permanent.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Priced Out Of Child Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents

Child care costs have risen in recent years while the federal minimum wage has not. In most states, a single parent working a minimum wage job 40 hour...

Dave Jamieson

What Walmart Isn't Saying About How It Pays Its Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.11.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, a Walmart executive rebuked the D.C. Council in an op-ed in the Washington Post, declaring that the company would scuttle pl...

'Living Paycheck to Paycheck Would Represent an Improvement'

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

It's time to raise the minimum wage and to ensure all hardworking Americans are adequately and fairly compensated so no hardworking person has to choose between heating their home and having transportation to work.