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Why I Lie to the Food Pantry

Trisha Lovetrove | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Trisha Lovetrove

I admit it. It's true. I lie to the people running the food pantry. But before you get out your pitchforks and righteous indignation, before you diatribe about me "abusing the system" or taking advantage, please let me explain.

My Home and My Dream, Foreclosed Upon

Carla Shutak | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

Five years later I still cry. I cry for our hard work which benefits only the banking industry and the super-rich. I cry because the government bailed out the banks who call us irresponsible. I cry because we work four times harder for half the income and will never catch up again.

Andrew Perez

Boehner Dismisses Unemployment Extension, Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Perez | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ricki Ward says she will either have to sell her car or lose her apartment at the end of the month. Ward, who lives in Rancho Cucamon...

I Didn't Find the American Dream in New York City

Christian Gabriel | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Christian Gabriel

Being poor anywhere sucks, but there's perhaps a particular kind of soul crushing that one experiences being poor in New York City. On average, after rent and bills, I probably had less than three hundred dollars per month to put toward food, other expenses and social activities.

My Tailspin Into Brokeassdom

Chi Sherman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Chi Sherman

I got laid off from a full-time job due to the belly-up economy. I didn't realize just how much of my identity I had associated with "being important" -- dressing up, interacting with clients, being seen as a professional. Now I was aimless, wearing jeans and flip flops, and worrying about money in a way I never had before.

Why Working At Burger King Is 'Pure Hell' For This Florida Man

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business

Fifty-year-old Glenn Johnson is paid about $14,000 a year working at a Miami-area Burger King, just minutes away from the fast food company's corporat...

Lee Tax Reform Plan's Disappointing Details

Chuck Marr | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Chuck Marr

In high-profile speeches on tax reform, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has called forcefully for expanding opportunity and helping parents raising children.  Unfortunately, the tax reform plan he recently detailed falls far short of his stated goals.

The Corporatization of Higher Education, Through the Eyes of an Adjunct Professor

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Domino

For those unfamiliar with the term "adjunct," it is considered a part-time supplemental teaching position. To virtually earn somewhere between $10-13 an hour for performing college-level instruction speaks plainly of the Walmartization of our nation's colleges and universities.

Andrew Perez

Some Jobless Facing Eviction After Loss Of Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Perez | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than two months after Congress dropped long-term unemployment insurance, some of the people who lost benefits say they're now facin...

Emily Swanson

No Dignity In Low Wages, Poll Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Paul Ryan says the government safety net may protect Americans from the vicissitudes of life, but that handouts leave people unfulfille...

Learning to Love My Unemployed Self

Katie Gibson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Katie Gibson

I had everything. I had the perfect apartment, the perfect lifestyle (whatever that even means), the perfect husband, the perfect dog, the perfect job. I was bouncy lollipops and rainbows happy. That is, until it all fell apart faster than you can say downsizing.

Here's How Obama Can Lift 500,000 Out Of Poverty Without Raising The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business

President Obama says he can lift 500,000 Americans out of poverty with just one move. In his proposed budget for fiscal 2015, released on Tuesday,...

Teetering on Eviction's Edge While Congress Delays Unemployment Benefits

Donna Sprague | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Donna Sprague

We are at a loss as to what we will do now that the unemployment has just run out. We live month to month. We really do not want to become homeless, but if something doesn't give, that is where we will end up, without even a vehicle to sleep in. In Ohio, in winter.

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.