The poor are still with us

Boston Globe
by Jim Gomes

12/01/08

Economic developments of the last several months have gotten everyone’s attention. People are losing their homes as their mortgages are foreclosed. Workers are losing their jobs, and often their family’s health insurance, as unemployment rises to its highest level in 16 years. People who have never done so before stand in line at food pantries to receive donated canned goods and diapers. Millions of middle-class people are in danger of becoming … poor. The poor. Remember them? In this year’s campaign, the candidates spoke a lot about the middle class. This is no surprise. A majority of Americans describe themselves as middle class, and middle-class people vote and make campaign contributions at much higher rates than poor people...

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