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Working Poor

Heat For Poor At Stake In Fiscal Cliff Fight

AP | CLARKE CANFIELD | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

PORTLAND, Maine -- Poor and elderly Americans who rely on aid from the federal government to heat their homes stand to get less help this year if Cong...

God Bless 'Em for Talking about Poverty

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

It's time for that conversation, and so much more, about how we are going to address the avalanche-style tumble of families in America into the bottom two quintiles of the socioeconomic ladder.

Dems Must Add Class Issues to Story of Election

Ira Chernus | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Ira Chernus

It's always been taboo in America to talk about class. The Democrats are just beginning to talk about the divide between the rich and the rest of us. It's another big step to talk about the differences between those above and below the median income.

Politicians Ignore The Working Poor At Their Peril

Eric Sapp | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Eric Sapp

In America, we have always valued how hard a person works over what they have. Our politicians shouldn't be embarrassed to even mention our working poor -- they should be proud of them.

Poll: Voters Want Leader to Prioritize Working Poor Families

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 12.28.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Americans recognize a problem when we see it. But what happens when that problem continues to worsen year after year, and leaders are reluctant to spe...

Who Will Speak to the Working Poor, the Unsung Swing Vote?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Politicians ignore low income working families at their political peril.

Who Works Hard in America?

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Steve Nelson

I'm disgusted by loud, rich white men complaining about the meager "entitlements" received by the silent poor. Who exactly is "entitled" here?

The Myth Of The 47%: Our Original Sin

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

This myth justifies hardheartedness (or often condescending paternalism) toward those whose poverty must be their own fault, and it allows those who believe it to congratulate themselves for their hard work and responsible life choices.

My Inglorious 53% Story: Living (Way) Below the Poverty Line and Paying Taxes

Jane Devin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Money
Jane Devin

While Romney's view of the poor is that of shiftless, lazy beggars who are content to live from one handout to the next, I know a more authentic and firsthand truth.

All the Good One Woman Could Do

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Eva Grover died Friday. Thousands of children who felt her love will miss her. Thousands more poor kids in the Waterville area who never met and will never know Grover will benefit from her love nonetheless.

Labor Day and the Myth of Playing by the Rules in NJ

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 11.03.2012 | New York
Gordon MacInnes

Your neighbors who "play by the rules" -- those who work full-time to support their families and give their kids a better chance than they had -- are sliding backwards on this Labor Day.

Low-Wage Earners Seek Respect and a Living Wage

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Could it be that they see the handwriting on the wall, that they, too, may one day become low-wage earners, as their bargaining rights and benefits are decimated across the country?

A Maximum Wage Law?

Lawrence J. Hanley | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Lawrence J. Hanley

A maximum wage law would limit the amount of compensation an employer could receive to a specified multiple of the wage earned by his or her lowest paid employees. The idea is not unprecedented.

To End Poverty In America, We Need To Pay People Decent Wages

The New York Times | PETER EDELMAN | Posted 07.29.2012 | Business

Ronald Reagan famously said, “We fought a war on poverty and poverty won.” With 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — now coun...

Two-Fifths Of Families Live On The Edge

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 07.25.2012 | Money

Nearly two-fifths of American households are living on the edge financially. According to a report from the Consumer Federation of America and the ...

Time For a Maximum Wage

Carl Gibson | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Mitt Romney made $15,080 every 6 hours in 2010, a year in which he grossed more than $21 million in income. It would take a minimum wage worker 1,436 years and 10 months to make what Mitt Romney made in 2010.

Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 09.04.2012 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

While the big-box business model Sam Walton pioneered half a century ago has been great for Walmart, it hasn't been so great for the U.S. economy.

Affordable Care Act Helps Working Families

Laphonza Butler | Posted 08.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

The Supreme Court's ruling upholds something that we have all known: a person's ability to stay healthy should not be a privilege for the few but a right for all.

Some Employers and Republicans Want to Lower the Minimum Wage -- Here's Why They're Completely Out of Touch

Elizabeth Parisian | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Parisian

It seems that some minimum wage employers are trying to pay their workers less -- and to even make it legal to do so. It seems unfathomable that anyone would consider the minimum wage -- which, for a full-time worker, provides a yearly salary that is thousands of dollars below the poverty line for a family of three or four -- to be too high.

Debt Collectors Increasingly Using Abusive Threats, Insults, Lies: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business

It's a debt collector's job to be nasty. And lately, they've performing that task quite well. Debt collectors have been adopting increasingly unpl...

Culture of Poverty in America

Linetta J. Gilbert | Posted 06.12.2012 | Impact
Linetta J. Gilbert

The culture of poverty, i.e., the environment, institutions, individual behaviors, policies and practices of poverty in the U.S., have affected those who experience poverty as well as those who are observers to its conditions.

Many Americans Aren't Earning Enough To Keep Out Of Poverty

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

In this post-recession economy you may be able to get a job, but that doesn't necessarily protect you from falling into poverty. In 2010, the numb...

Peter S. Goodman

Child Careless: Without Help, Working Poor Parents Struggling | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Every time she pulls away from her parent's house, leaving behind her 3-year-old daughter, Angelina, as she heads to work at a l...

Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.02.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

I believe this is an Amber Alert time for millions of our nation's poor children and that everyone needs to be on the lookout for the children, to ensure the children's health, safety and education, and to see that justice is done.

It's One Of Those Recoveries Where People Can't Afford Food

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business

Here in the United States, growing numbers of people can't afford that most basic of necessities: food. More Americans said they struggled to buy f...