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The book $2 a Day (Living on almost nothing in America) is a book that was published in 2015 which investigates the way a new form of cashless poverty came about in the United States. 1.5 million families having children must now survive on less than $2 daily in the United States. The authors link the emergence of $2 a day poverty back to 1996 due to a welfare reform that expended aid for the working poor people while destroying the cash welfare system. The book attempts to develop insight into how families living in the wealthiest nation in the world became so poor and how they survive with such little amount of money. The introduction provides an analysis of how the number of such households has continued to rise since welfare reform in 1996. The first chapter demonstrates how the welfare system has become unpopular among the American population. The rest of the chapters investigates the way $2 a day poor people live, their struggles regarding employment, housing insecurities, trauma and abuse they experience, what they do to survive, and how the impact of abject poverty on children.
Such families can never seem to run away from poverty regardless of their efforts. They are disadvantaged when it comes to getting employment which is also very scarce. The housing rents are so high they can barely afford and at the same time, it is very difficult to get government housing assistance hence most of them live with relatives or stay at shelters for the homeless. Such families hence resort to money-making through means that impose a legal, psychological, and physical toll on them for instance selling plasma, sex, or government benefits illegally.
1. $2.00 A Day is about families who live on $2.00 and have the hardest time in their lives. For example, Modonna Harris is a single mother who was pushed into poverty and chronic unemployment after being wrongfully fired from her low-wage job. At the beginning of the book the authors talk about Susan Brown’s family, she lives with her husband Devin, their daughter Lauren and they all share the house with Susan’s grandmother, step-grandfather, and uncle. Their house doesn’t have air conditions, their windows cannot open, and their house is crumbling down. Lauren needs a special baby formula and they live on less than $2.00 per person, per day. Low-income families have the hardest times in their lives because there aren’t many opportunities for them. All jobs require a college degree and not everyone is fortunate enough to have money for school. Parents who don’t have any money sometimes have to send their kids away to a relative’s house or a shelter because they cannot provide for them. Some kids go through abusive households because their parents cannot afford to raise them. There are many families who don’t have any house to live in so they go from shelter to shelter. Some don’t have any family to rely on and some families turn their backs on them. Poverty is still an issue in America, we see people on the streets begging for money all the time. We see a lot of homeless people under the highways and by the streets alone with zero food and money. I think some companies should have some easy requirements for their jobs so low incomes families can apply easily. Families should help other relatives who are struggling with money because if close people won’t help them and who will. Children who are from low income don’t get to go to school and do normal things like other children. They get bullied by other kids in their neighborhood. They get involved with the wrong kids and go on the wrong path with them because parents are too busy trying to find jobs to support them.
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