Why do they smoke cigarettes and have ugly lawns? Why don't they borrow from their parents?
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Enlightening and entertaining, Hand to Mouth opens up a new and much-needed dialogue between the people who just don't have it and the people who just don't get it. The author has since taken that post and expanded it, offering Hand to Mouth : Living in Bootstrap America. Linda Tirado.
The real-life Nickel and Dimed --the author of the wildly popular "Poverty Thoughts" essay tells what it's like to be working poor in America. Think about that for a moment.
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And it's no wonder, really, considering the lives we lead. Yet many of our employers actually seem to think it's reasonable to require unfeigned good cheer in their employees. She is interesting about language. Welfare comes in many guises — in the US, everyone gets tax relief on their primary mortgages, which is of course a form of government help.
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But only those at the bottom get slated for it. Tirado breaks a powerful taboo by saying, really, what do you think my children will be good for? The "likeliest scenario", she writes, is that, graduating from the poorest school districts in the country, they won't become doctors and lawyers. Nor will they define themselves by their work, as the middle classes tend to.
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And of course, double standards extend to Tirado's children too. Hand to Mouth is an exhausting read, but an important one, given the casual assumptions made in ignorance by the wealthy about the lives of the poor.
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And so Tirado has a suggestion; the next time you feel inclined to roll your eyes at slow service or disparage the anger of someone with far less than you, take a moment to consider the following: "If your car breaks down, you call a shop. If you are sick, you go to a doctor.
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