The working poor

The United States has enjoyed eight years of unparalleled economic expansion. It was not until recently, however, that the new prosperity reached the nation’s poor. Unemployment is near a thirty-year low, long-stagnant wages have begun to rise, and welfare rolls have been cut in half. But despite this good news, the U.S. poverty rate is higher than it was in the 1970s and the disparity between the rich and the poor has caused some to...

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