Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

2290 Words Mar 5th, 2016 10 Pages
There are many families out there who are currently struggling to make ends meet. Regardless of their hard work and commitment, the economy will not take pity. I wish I could say that it was not always like this. Unfortunately, no real change has taken place within the past few years. It may not be as difficult as the time of the Great Depression, but who’s to say that we have recovered from it? My claim is supported by Barbara Ehrenreich, an American author, who published a novel called Nickel and Dimed which digs deep into the economic situation in the early 90’s. Ehrenreich decided to run an experiment becoming a blue collar worker to see if she can manage to make a living on low wages. She later blogs of Nickel and Dimed in 2011 to see if any change has taken place, and a possible inside on how things would be if she had conducted another experiment during this time. Unfortunately, not much has changed since Ehrenreich has conducted her experiment on the life of a blue collar worker, ranging from the difficulty to secure a home, healthcare, and a decent living wage. Although minimum wage has risen over the past few years, that alone cannot amount to the rise in expenses that leave many low-wage workers in debt. Finding a house in a time of prosperity can either be nonexistent or cost you an arm and a leg. It may seem that this is the time where success and wealth are best spent, but that is not the case for a blue collar worker. Regardless of time, they are in the…
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