Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer's $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America PDF

By Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

ISBN-10: 0544303180

ISBN-13: 9780544303188

ISBN-10: 0544303245

ISBN-13: 9780544303249

A revelatory account of poverty in the US so deep that we, as a rustic, don’t imagine it exists

Jessica Compton’s relations of 4 may don't have any funds source of revenue until she donated plasma two times every week at her neighborhood donation middle in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago usually don't have any nutrition yet spoiled milk on weekends. 

  

After 20 years of really good examine on American poverty, Kathryn Edin spotted whatever she hadn’t obvious because the mid-1990s — families surviving on nearly no source of revenue. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, a professional on calculating earning of the negative, to find that the variety of American households dwelling on $2.00 in keeping with individual, in line with day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American families, together with approximately three million children. 

  

Where do those households dwell? How did they get so desperately bad? Edin has “turned sociology the other way up” (Mother Jones) together with her procurement of wealthy — and fair — interviews. Through the book’s many compelling profiles, relocating and startling solutions emerge. 

  

The authors light up a troubling pattern: a low-wage hard work marketplace that more and more fails to carry a dwelling salary, and a becoming yet hidden landscape of survival concepts between America’s severe poor. More than a robust exposé, $2.00 an afternoon delivers new proof and new principles to our nationwide debate on source of revenue inequality. 

 

 

 

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They did send me a letter. ” How could she not be eligible, she wondered, without even one cent in cash income and a child to provide for? Her aunt’s explanation is simple: Hasn’t she heard? They just aren’t giving it out anymore. To Modonna, that seemed as good an answer as any. “I don’t actually know anybody who is getting it.  . ’” Despite her now desperate circumstances, Modonna was deeply reluctant even to go to the DHS office and apply for the cash welfare program. Finally, after much persuasion, she relented.

With no college degree and a sporadic work record, the best position she could find was a daytime shift as a cashier at Stars Music downtown, which paid $9 an hour. She would hold that job for the next eight years. Modonna loved the work. “I learned so much at Stars,” she recalls. The mother-daughter pair found a tiny studio apartment in the South Shore neighborhood, near Lake Michigan, and for a while things were good. The two scraped by on a combination of Modonna’s paycheck, a small amount of SNAP, and whatever child support Brian managed to provide.

Low-income working parents often get tax refunds that are far greater than the income taxes withheld from their paychecks during the year. These tax credits provide a significant income boost to low-income parents working a formal job (parents are not eligible if they’re working off the books). Because tax credits like the EITC are viewed by many as being pro-work, they have long enjoyed support from Democrats and Republicans alike. But here’s the catch: only those who are working can claim them.

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