An Evaluation of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America


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An Evaluation of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
1. People are poor in America primarily because the cost of living is too high and the wages of workers cannot meet the demands of this economic framework.
2. The lack of well-paying jobs that can meet the cost of living in the United States contributes to the increasing poverty in America. For this reason, many Americans are now forced to work two or three jobs to meet this standard of living (
, 2001, p. 32), which drive them into wage slavery.
3. Government corruption through private corporations is the problem, as there are no regulations that prohibit corporations from sending good paying middle class jobs to foreign countries....
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.....round chose to live like the poor in order to give them some justice. If more people from the higher echelons of society experience poverty, they would have compassion for the book. This book will reach other middle class and upper middle class readers that will also inspired to have behold this compassion and take action to decrease the poverty line.
3. This book helps me to respect people in the service industry and other low paying jobs because they are, in effect, suffering for those above them. People treat them harshly and the audacity of the those abuse the working poor in the middle and upper classes is something I will never do.
, B. (2001). Nickel and dimed: On (Not) getting by in America. New York: Macmillan.