23 November 2011

Q: How is income inequality bad if US poor are obese, have cable TV, a car, and access to free education?
A:
"A lot of the working poor that I see are living in their cars. They're going to soup kitchens and food pantries. They're on the brink of being destitute. When their car breaks down and gets towed, they will be living under a bridge. They'll lose their job (job security in $6-8/hour jobs isn't good) and getting a job when you're homeless isn't easy. So it's not much of a life. There is no upward mobility. Based on this definition of poverty, 16.0% of Americans in 2011 live like this - 49.1M in total"
Jay Wacker, Quora