Few people choose to be poor. Even fewer choose to be working and poor. Yet recent data shows there are over 12 million working Americans living below the poverty line. This is where issues like low minimum wages, lack of well paying jobs, automation of the workplace, and the 1% getting richer as the poor get poorer intersect.
No one should be working 40 hours a week and still have to apply for food stamps. No one. The working poor in America are growing larger, not smaller. To some this may come as no surprise. To those who believe we’ve recovered from the 2008/09 financial meltdown, well, the fire’s still burning folks.
We have a great article tomorrow on the working poor and attitudes they’re often met with by strangers. Today’s clip is a few minutes long, and puts faces to the crises so many poor working American’s face today. You may find yourself wondering, just how great a country are we that there exists such a divide between the poor and rich in our country? A divide that is among the highest in all industrial nations.