$2.00 a DAY: LIVING ON ALMOST NOTHING IN AMERICA by Katherine J Edin with H.Luke Shaefer

June 4th, 2016 by Goshen Public Library Leave a reply »

$2.00 a dayThis book has earned many great reviews and I would have to agree.  After two decades of brilliant research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen since the mid 1990s—households surviving on virtually no income.

This is not an easy read, but it is a pertinent read.  We have seen in the news and on social media the issues questioning minimum wage, and though the main ‘news’ on foreclosures was a few years ago, it is still affecting people today. Edin teamed with H.Luke Shaefer, an expert on calculating incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American households, including about 3 million children.

In our lifetime, the issue of welfare has come up on different political platforms; both former presidents Reagan and Clinton felt this was an issue that had to be addressed.  The changes that were made did not have the hoped-for results.

This book is truly powerful.  I would recommend this book to anyone interested in how poverty is influencing many and various aspects of our society.

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