Hovering Above Poverty, Grasping for Middle Class

Low-wage workers in the United States are gripped by increasing financial insecurity as they inch along an economic tightrope made riskier by pervasive job losses and rising prices. Many struggle to pay for life's basics -- housing, food and health care -- and most report having virtually no financial cushion should they stumble.

Still, they remain inspired by the American dream, with most saying they are more apt to move up economically than slip ... Full Story »

Posted by Leo Romero
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Subjects: U.S., Business
Topics: U.S. Economy, Labor
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Posted by: Posted by Leo Romero - Aug 2, 2008 - 8:57 PM PDT
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Edited by: Louise Auerhahn - Aug 4, 2008 - 12:08 AM PDT

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Louise Auerhahn
3.9
by Louise Auerhahn - Oct. 1, 2008

Excellent investigative journalism that focuses not on the latest juicy scandal, but on the lives and livelihoods of a large sector of American workers. This is the initial story in a forthcoming WaPo series about low-wage workers in the U.S.

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James Canning
4.0
by James Canning - Oct. 1, 2008

Tens of millions of Americans hover on the edge of the abyss, while at the top greedy hedgies and corporate executives fatten their wallets to an extent virtually beyond belief. Meanwhile, the US can do without healthcare for a large portion of the population, in order to allow an absurdly bloated "defense" establishment to continue to be attached to the body politic. One reason for the war in Iraq is that Donald Rumsfled wanted to try out his new leaner and faster-moving army. Having the insanely expensive war machine is dangerous to the national security of a country where millions upon millions of people do without basic health services, dentistry, etc.

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Leo Romero
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by Leo Romero - Oct. 1, 2008
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Carl Benjamin
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by Carl Benjamin - Oct. 1, 2008

A very good article that places an emphasis on middle class life in America.

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Norman Rogers
1.4
by Norman Rogers - Oct. 1, 2008

The left has been trying to paint lower wage workers as worse off for a long time. They don't hesitate to distort reality in many ways to pursue this quest. However the people they polled are optimistic - I guess they must be stupid and can't understand their own situation as well as some Washington Post reporters. Even illegal aliens are doing well and they hardly speak English.

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