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"As a culture, the United States is not quite sure about the causes of poverty, and is therefore uncertain about the solutions," he writes. Though he details many ways in which current assistance programs could be more effective and rational, he does not believe that government alone, nor any other single variable, can solve the problem. Instead, a combination of things are required, beginning with the political will needed to create a relief system "that recognizes both the society's obligation through government and business, and the individual's obligation through labor and family." He does propose some specific steps in the right direction such as altering the current wage structure, creating more vocational programs (in both the public and private sectors), developing a fairer way to distribute school funding, and implementing basic national health care.
Prepare to have any preconceived notions about those living in poverty in America challenged by this affecting book. --Shawn Carkonen
Was required for a college English class, but I do value Shipler's effort to focus on the causes of poverty.Published 23 days ago by Matthew
As of today July 16, 2015 there is absolutely no middle class of people in America what you do have is your non-working poor and working poor, the everyday trials and tribulations... Read morePublished 4 months ago by AlanWarner
Absolutely loved this book. I think everyone in America should read it. The title itself should be an oxymoron. Read morePublished 5 months ago by laura
I saw this author and c-span....looking at him, with that beard, I thought, "oh no, another Tea Bagger type Libertarian". Read morePublished 5 months ago by KDelphi
I was disappointed with this book because it was too scholarly for my needs. Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but I was seeking something along the lines of "Nickled & Dimed: On... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Suzanne L. Moore
It's a good book if you want to know about the working poor in America. There are lots of stories about different kinds of working poor, and the author convincingly argues that the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wenwen
Eye-opening without a doubt, and angering as well. If you have any passion for advocacy for the poor, this book will continue to fuel your flame.Published 6 months ago by Mackenzie