When one thinks of people in poverty, what judgements come up? Did you know that the vast majority are working often two or three jobs? When you go to a bank or a mortgage, do they ask you how much you drink or what drugs you take? In the new book Broke In America, Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty, co-author Joanne Goldblum alerts readers to the lack of a level playing field to start on. Most of us take water, housing, and such things as access to diapers for granted. But counterproductive punitive policies are maintaining serious poverty when there’s no need to. Of course attitude is the biggest problem.

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