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$2.00 A Day:Living On Almost Nothing In America…by Kathryn Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

$2.00 A Day:Living On Almost Nothing In America…by Kathryn Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

$2.00 A Day is a non-fiction book about extreme poverty in America. It attempts to explain what causes an individual to be in such dire circumstances. It also highlights what they do to survive. It basically describes how some survive with no cash income. Lately I’ve not been much of a non-fiction fiction reader. I just didn’t seem to come across many non-fic books I’m interested in. ‘$2.00 a Day:Living On Almost Nothing in America’, seemed to highlight an interesting subject so I thought I would give it a shot. The main thrust of this book is that in the U.S., what we think of as ‘traditional welfare’, no longer exists. The federal government eliminated it in the mid-nineties during the Clinton administration. Currently families are only able to get cash from the government if they have minor children and jump through all the government hoops (such as keeping a job). It is also temporary, lasting only for a couple of years. The federal government gives the states money for the upkeep of the ‘welfare’ system. The states disperse it however they would like. This includes dividing the money into other programs and away from people. The authors explain that […]

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