I congratulate the NYTImes and the U.S. Census Bureau for looking into this growing, but often overlooked, population because the standard federal poverty definition does not calculate the earnings of the working-poor. For instance, you may earn 200% above the poverty line, but the local cost-of-living may force you to cut back financially. In the past decade, many middle-class families are falling into the working-poor category. Unfortunately, many public officials (whose hands are tied to Wall Street) turn a blind eye to their growing pressing needs. This is why the Occupy Wall Street movement is expanding across the nation. It's time to wake up, America.
You may access all the articles below:
Economix Blog: Voices of the Near Poor (November 19, 2011)
Older, Suburban and Struggling, ‘Near Poor’ Startle the Census (November 18, 2011)
Middle-Class Areas Shrink as Income Gap Grows, New Report Finds (November 16, 2011)
New Way to Tally Poor Recasts View of Poverty (November 8, 2011)
Bleak Portrait of Poverty Is Off the Mark, Experts Say (November 4, 2011)
Outside Cleveland, Snapshots of Poverty’s Surge in the Suburbs (October 25, 2011)