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Poorly understood : what America gets wrong about poverty / by Rank, Mark R.,author.; Eppard, Lawrence M.,author.; Bullock, Heather E.,author.;
Includes bibliographical references and index.What if the idealized image of American society--a land of opportunity that will reward hard work with economic success--is completely wrong? Few topics have as many myths, stereotypes, and misperceptions surrounding them as that of poverty in America. The poor have been badly misunderstood since the beginnings of the country, with the rhetoric only ratcheting up in recent times. Our current era of fake news, alternative facts, and media partisanship has led to a breeding ground for all types of myths and misinformation to gain traction and legitimacy. Poorly Understood is the first book to systematically address and confront many of the most widespread myths pertaining to poverty. Mark Robert Rank, Lawrence M. Eppard, and Heather E. Bullock powerfully demonstrate that the realities of poverty are much different than the myths; indeed in many ways they are more disturbing. The idealized image of American society is one of abundant opportunities, with hard work being rewarded by economic prosperity. But what if this picture is wrong? What if poverty is an experience that touches the majority of Americans? What if hard work does not necessarily lead to economic well-being? What if the reasons for poverty are largely beyond the control of individuals? And if all of the evidence necessary to disprove these myths has been readily available for years, why do they remain so stubbornly pervasive? These are much more disturbing realities to consider because they call into question the very core of America's identity. Armed with the latest research, Poorly Understood not only challenges the myths of poverty and inequality, but it explains why these myths continue to exist, providing an innovative blueprint for how the nation can move forward to effectively alleviate American poverty.
Subjects: Poor; Poverty; Public welfare;
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Taxing the poor : doing damage to the truly disadvantaged / by Newman, Katherine S.,1953-; O'Brien, Rourke L.,1984-;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-206) and index.The evolution of Southern tax structures -- Barriers to change: inertia, supermajorities, and constitutional amendments -- The geography of poverty -- Tax traps and regional poverty regimes -- The bottom line -- Are we our brothers' keepers? -- How many lags of x? / by Scott M. Lynch.This book looks at the way we tax the poor in the United States, particularly in the American South, where poor families are often subject to income taxes, and where regressive sales taxes apply even to food for home consumption. The authors argue that these policies contribute in unrecognized ways to poverty related problems like obesity, early mortality, the high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and crime. They show how, decades before California's passage of Proposition 13, many southern states implemented legislation that makes it almost impossible to raise property or corporate taxes, a pattern now growing in the western states. The book demonstrates how sales taxes intended to replace the missing revenue, taxes that at first glance appear fair, actually punish the poor and exacerbate the very conditions that drove them into poverty in the first place.
Subjects: Poor; Poor; Poverty; Poverty; Income tax; Sales tax;
© c2011., University of California Press,
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Rich dad poor dad : [electronic resource] : What the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class do not!. by Kiyosaki, Robert T.;
It's been nearly 25 years since Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad Poor Dad first made waves in the Personal Finance arena.It has since become the #1 Personal Finance book of all time... translated into dozens of languages and sold around the world.Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert's story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.20 Years... 20/20 HindsightIn the 20th Anniversary Edition of this classic, Robert offers an update on what we've seen over the past 20 years related to money, investing, and the global economy. Sidebars throughout the book will take readers “fast forward" — from 1997 to today — as Robert assesses how the principles taught by his rich dad have stood the test of time.In many ways, the messages of Rich Dad Poor Dad, messages that were criticized and challenged two decades ago, are more meaningful, relevant and important today than they were 20 years ago.As always, readers can expect that Robert will be candid, insightful... and continue to rock more than a few boats in his retrospective.Will there be a few surprises? Count on it.Rich Dad Poor Dad...Explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to become richChallenges the belief that your house is an assetShows parents why they can't rely on the school system to teach their kidsabout moneyDefines once and for all an asset and a liabilityTeaches you what to teach your kids about money for their future financialsuccessRich Dad Poor Dad is Robert's story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 5249 KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 5535 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subjects: Electronic books.; Nonfiction.; Business.; Finance.;
© 2017., Plata Publishing,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=3964457 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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Rich dad, poor dad : with updates for today's world and 9 new study session sections / by Kiyosaki, Robert T.,1947-;
Taking to heart the message that the poor and middle class work for money, but the rich have money work for them, the author lays out a financial philosophy based on the principle that income-generating assets always provide healthier bottom-line results.20 Years, 20/20 Hindsight -- Introduction -- Lesson 1: The Rich Don't Work for Money -- Lesson 2: Why Teach Financial Literacy? -- Lesson 3: Mind Your Own Business -- Lesson 4: The History of Taxes and the Power of Corporations -- Lesson 5: The Rich Invent Money -- Lesson 6: Work to Learn, Don't Work for Money -- Overcoming Obstacles -- Getting Started -- Still Want More? Here Are Some To Do's -- Final Thoughts.
Subjects: Finance, Personal.; Investments.; Rich people.;
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Obesity among poor Americans : is public assistance the problem? / by Smith, Patricia K.(Patricia Kay),1959-;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 143-186) and index.Trends in obesity, poverty, and public assistance -- The "public assistance causes obesity" hypothesis -- The "obesity causes public assistance" hypothesis -- The "poverty causes both public assistance and obesity" hypothesis -- The "factor X causes both obesity and welfare" hypothesis.
Subjects: Obesity; Obesity; Poverty; Public welfare;
© c2009., Vanderbilt University Press,
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"We are all fast-food workers now" : the global uprising against poverty wages / by Orleck, Annelise.; Cooke, Liz,photographer.;
"The story of low-wage workers rising up around the world to demand respect and a living wage. We Are All Fast Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages traces the evolution of a new global labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from Manila to Manhattan, from Baja California to Bangladesh, from Capetown to Cambodia. This is an up close and personal look at globalization and its costs, as seen through the eyes and told whenever possible through the words of low-wage workers themselves: the berry pickers and small farmers, fast food servers, retail cashiers, garment workers, hotel housekeepers, home health care aides, airport workers and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, safety and a living wage. The result of 140 interviews by award-winning historian Annelise Orleck, and with original photographs by Liz Cooke, this is a powerful look at neo-liberalism and its damages, a story of resistance and rebellion, a reflection on hope and change as it rises from the bottom up"--Includes bibliographical references (pages 262-280) and index.Part I. Poverty wages, we're not lovin' it: roots and branches of a global uprising -- Brands of wage slavery, marks of labor solidarity -- Inequality rising -- All we're asking for is a little respect -- "We are workers, not slaves" -- "I consider the union my second mother" -- Hotel housekeepers go Norma Rae -- United for respect: OUR Walmart and the uprising of retail workers -- Supersize my wages: fast-food workers and the march of history -- 1911-2011: history and the global labor struggle -- People Power movements in the twenty-first century -- "You can't dismantle capitalism without dismantling patriarchy" -- This is what solidarity feels like -- Part II. The rising of the global precariat -- Respect, let it go, 'cause baby, you're a firework -- Realizing precarity: "We are all fast-food workers now" -- Days of disruption, 2016 -- The new civil rights movement -- Counting victories, girding for an uphill struggle -- Huelga de Hambre: hunger and hunger strikes rising -- Social movement unionism and the souls of workers -- "Contractualization" -- "Stand up, live better": organizing for respect at Walmart -- Part III. Garment workers' organizing in the age of fast fashion -- "If people would think about us, we wouldn't die": beautiful clothes, ugly reality -- How the rag trade went global -- "The girl effect" -- "Made with love in Bangladesh" -- "We are not a pocket revolution": Bangladeshi garment workers since Rana Plaza -- "A Khmer would rather work for free than work without dignity" -- "After Pol Pot, we need a good life" -- Consciousness-raising, Cambodia style -- Filipina garment workers, organizing in the zone -- Part IV. No rice without freedom, no freedom without rice: the global uprising of peasants and farmworkers -- "No land no life": uprisings of the "landless" -- "Agrarian reform in reverse": food crises, land grabs, and migrant labor -- Milk with dignity -- "Like the time of Cesar Chavez": strawberry fields, exploitation forever -- Bitter grapes -- "What are we rising for?" -- "These borders are not our borders" -- After the colonizers, RICE -- Part V. "They said it was impossible": local victories and transformative visions -- "We can turn around the labor movement. We can rebuild power and we can win!" -- Flashes of hope -- Big ideas, new models, small courtesies build a new world.
Subjects: Working poor; Living wage movement.;
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Autobiography, Poor Richard, and later writings : letters from London, 1757-1775, Paris, 1776-1785, Philadelphia, 1785-1790, Poor Richard's almanack, 1733-1758, the autobiography / by Franklin, Benjamin,1706-1790.; Lemay, J. A. Leo(Joseph A. Leo),1935-2008.;
Includes bibliographical references and index.Letters from London, 1757-1775 -- Paris, 1776-1785: including political satires, bagatelles, pamphlets, and letters -- Philadelphia, 1785-1790: including bagatelles, speeches in the Constitutional Convention, writings on slavery, letters -- Poor Richard's almanack, 1733-1758 -- The autobiography.Collects Benjamin Franklin's best-known writings, both personal and public, arranged by period and place, and includes scholarly notes.
Subjects: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.; Statesmen;
© 1997., Library of America,
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A framework for understanding poverty / by Payne, Ruby K.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-193) and index.Definitions and resources -- Role of language and story -- Hidden rules among classes -- Characteristics of generational poverty -- Role models and emotional resources -- Support systems -- Discipline -- Instruction and improving achievement -- Creating relationships.A Framework for Understanding Poverty was Dr. Ruby Payne's first book and the first book RFT Publishing Co. (now aha! Process, Inc.) published. It is fitting that the book and the company's history are intertwined. The central goal of the company is educating people about the differences that separate economic classes and then teaching them skills to bridge those gulfs. Framework is the method that delivers that message. Ruby's thesis for Framework is simple. Individuals accustomed to personal poverty think and act differently from people in the middle and upper economic classes. Most teachers today come from middle-class backgrounds. Economic class differences, in an educational setting, often make both teaching and learning challenging. Too often, teachers don't understand why a student from poverty is chronically acting out or is not grasping a concept even after repeated explanations. At the same time, the student doesn't understand what he/she is expected to produce and why. Ruby discusses at length the social cues or "hidden rules" that govern how we think and interact in society - and the significance of those rules in a classroom. Framework also illuminates differences between generational poverty and situational poverty. Ruby explains the "voices" that all of us use to project ourselves to the outside world and how poverty can affect those voices. Through the use of realistic teaching scenarios, Ruby focuses attention on sources of support, or resources, which might or might not be present in a student's life. Resources are important assets - things like mental stability, emotional support, and physical health - and the more resources students have in their lives, the better able they'll be to achieve their goals. Framework is a teacher's book. It draws on years of experience in multiple school systems, along with a wide range of academic positions. In this groundbreaking work Ruby Payne matter-of-factly presents the issues central to teaching students from poverty, then takes a pivotal next step by offering proven tools educators can use immediately to improve the quality of instruction in their classrooms.
Subjects: Poor; People with social disabilities; Poor; People with social disabilities; Poverty; Social classes; Poor; Poor; Poverty.;
© 2005., Aha! Process,
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Tortilla flat / by Steinbeck, John,1902-1968.;
Includes bibliographical references (pages xxv-xxvi).In the shabby district called Tortilla Flat above Monterey, California lives a gang whose exploits compare to those of King Arthur's knights.
Subjects: Western stories.; Western stories.; Hispanic Americans; Poor;
© 1997, ©1963., Penguin Books,
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It's not like I'm poor : how working families make ends meet in a post-welfare world / by Halpern-Meekin, Sarah.; Edin, Kathryn,1962-author.; Tach, Laura,author.; Sykes, Jennifer,author.;
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-281) and index.Family budgets: staying in the black, slipping into the red -- Tax time -- The new regime through the lens of the old -- Beyond living paycheck to paycheck -- "Debt! I am hoping to eliminate that word!" -- Capitalizing on the promise of the EITC -- Appendix A: Introduction to Boston and the research project -- Appendix B: Qualitative interview guide."This book chronicles the impact of the sweeping transformation of the social safety net that occurred in the mid-1990s. With the dramatic expansion of tax credits--a combination of the Earned Income Tax Credit and other refunds--the economic fortunes of the working poor have been bolstered as never before. 'It's Not Like I'm Poor' looks at how working families plan to use their annual windfall to build up savings, go back to school, and send their kids to college. But dreams of economic mobility are often dashed by the reality of making monthly ends meet on meager wages."--Provided by publisher.
Subjects: Working poor; Public welfare; Tax credits;
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