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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 days ago by Mackenzie
This was a fantastic -- and sad -- portrait of the challenges faced by the working poor. To an extent, it tells a very similar story to "Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Thomas Baker
I live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX area and upon reading that this book was being banned in the Highland Park ISD (a very wealthy area of Dallas) - it peaked my curiosity as to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill Tyler
I read this book after someone opposed using it in an AP English class because it was "pornographic". Nope. Not pornographic at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Compassionate view of real people living in poverty. Hard working people, holding multiple minimum wage jobs, yet unable to climb out of poverty. So many sad but true stories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hazel
I work in a non-profit, and we read this for our most recent office book club.
If you don't know anything about the lives of poor people living in the United States, you... Read more
Well researched, thought-out, written and very even-handed.
He pointed out the complexity and inter-relationships of the myriad of problems that cause and keep people in... Read more