Currently Analytically Reading: $2.00 A Day: Living On Almost Nothing In America By Kathryn J. Edin And H. Luke Shaefer

The inside jacket of this book startled me when I read this statement: the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children. To be perfectly honest, I was flabbergasted!!!

Just to make sure that I had not imagined this, the authors write this in the introduction on Page XVII:

“The results of Shaefer’s analysis (Shaefer is one of the authors) were staggering. In early 2011, 1.5 million households with roughly 3 million children were surviving on cash incomes of no more than $2 per person, per day in any given month. That’s about one out of every twenty-five families with children in America. What’s more, not only were these figures astoundingly high, but the phenomenon of $2-a-day poverty among households with children had been on the rise since the nation’s landmark welfare reform legislation was passed in 1996-and at a distressingly fast pace. As of 2011, the number of families in $2-a-day poverty had more than doubled in just a decade and a half.”

I am approximately halfway through and even though I find the authors telling us one side of the story, I still am finding this fascinating. At 174 pages, it is a very short and straight forward read. I really recommend this if you have an interest in this subject.


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