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The New Working Poor!
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On December 23, 2013 two days before my 60th birthday, I swallowed a stomach full of pride and walked into the Department of Social Services to ask for help. It is something I never imagined I would do. I am ashamed to admit that I am one of those people who thought it would always be someone else, someone worse off who just didn't or couldn't work hard enough, who would need that type of assistance. I was wrong, because I am the new working poor.

Both my parents were children of the Great Depression, both knew hunger -- the real, not-having-food-for-several-days kind of hunger. Both knew disappointment. My father had to turn down a scholarship to Notre Dame to work alongside his father, delivering coal to the wealthy. Neither of my parents ever caught a break. Every time an illness or disaster would set them back, they would work that much harder to make my life and those of my four siblings better. We didn't have much, hand-me-downs and second-hand everything. But unlike our parents, we never went hungry. After all, this is America, they would tell us, and your life is not dictated by the circumstances of your birth.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-powers/the-new-working-poor_b_4591538.html


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timeontarget commented on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 15:53 PM

PN, I was reprimanded by your Buddy for posting something in a similar fashion.

Oh well ho hum.

And a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you.

I see nothing wrong with your blog.

Everybody's gotta serve somebody.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 16:29 PM

After reading Mr. Powers' article, I'm not moved to be any more sympathetic toward him or his story than I would be toward anyone else who attempted to negotiate our "free enterprise," capitalistic society and was done in by circumstances, by his chosen exposure to risk, and who knows what other choices or events in life that he hasn't shared with the reader. That he calls himself an "internet technologist" tells me something about the degree of risk he chose to assume in his life's employment pursuits. His bio at Huffington Post tells me more:

"Dennis Powers is the owner of UXB Internet, a boutique website design and hosting company located in Wolcott, Connecticut. Employed in the electronic industry since high school, Powers has been working with computers and telecommunications since the early seventies. He started his first BBS (Bulletin Board System) in 1985 and was quickly drawn to the power and reach of the Internet. He left his corporate position in 2000 to start UXB Internet. He is a stroke survivor, a reader and an avid technologist."

See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-...

For me, hanging one's career hat on a "boutique" ANYTHING is more risk than I'd be willing to assume. I, too, worked with computers, telecommunications, BBS, etc., since the 1980s, and know from personal experience that this is a particularly volatile career path to pursue. It has always been known as one which has potentially very high rewards, but with that comes very high risks. Many, many people who have put all of their career eggs in this particular basket have wound up like Mr. Powers. I know quite a few of them personally. One is a member of my family (a nephew). I feel sorry for him - as by Mr. Power's definition I guess he belongs to the "working poor." But I could have been a member of the "working poor," too - if I had allowed my personal financial situation to be exposed to too much risk and if (I guess) my stroke was as debilitating as his was. But I chose to take a more conservative path financially and I was luckier (I guess - so far) with my health.

I would be interested in an update from Mr. Powers in two or three years as to his health care experiences under our "new" health care system. I wonder if the Huffington Post will publish that?


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