Nickel and Dimed


Please read this book.  Either buy it or borrow it from your local public library. What the working class women in the book go through is currently what I am experiencing. Having a college degree. Doesn’t matter. Serving in the military. Does not matter.

When I first read the book I was a prosperous member of Middle Class America. When I was laid off from my good paying job Dec. 2006, had a stroke Nov. 2008 and retina surgery Jan. 2010 I became and am mired in the lower working class. I am no longer human but a cog in the robotic machinery ala the film Metropolis where my only purpose and function is to make money for the Big Machine. Once you fall from grace through lay-offs, firings, sickness, disability, illness or family problems you become mired in a lifestyle you once felt pity for but now find yourself in a quicksand from which there is no escape.

Our economy in America is based on modern day slavery and truly the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. Choose. Your job or your family. Your health or your job. Which one would you choose?

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Nickel and Dimed
Book by Barbara Ehrenreich
Nickel and Dimed: On Getting By in America is a book written by Barbara Ehrenreich. Written from her perspective as an undercover journalist, it sets out to investigate the impact of the 1996 welfare …Wikipedia
Originally published: January 1, 2001
Genres: Economics, Sociology, Biography, Autobiography, Business

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Nickel and Dimed

    1. And Probably never coming back. A long time ago my Aunt Helen said to me in regards to New York City that NYC will become a city of the very rich and the very poor. I see her prediction coming true. As goes New York so goes the rest of the country.

      1. Yes she did. The one good thing about getting older in New York City is Senior Housing. When I turn 62 I’ll be eligible for that. Also the older you get the more programs and services NYC provides to it senior citizens. Even though I still have a few years I’m Looking forward to turning 60. It will be a magic age for me.!!

  1. I’m going to get this book. What you describe is the reality many are in or will find themselves in. Many of us are one paycheck away from becoming part of ‘the lower class.’ Health crisis can wipe anyone out financially.

    1. This I know from personal experience. The women workers in the book are mostly immigrants but the same horrible working conditions they labor under are now part of the American born workers experience. When employers know that you need the job they can and will do anything to make your Life miserable knowing that you as the average worker have No power to retaliate or leave for other types of employment.

      1. don’t we know it, and for sure I have chosen to have my babies, and put my health first everything else is secondary. I don’t have to have to lastest phone, computer, clothes etc. I desire life, health and peace of mind that is what matters most, thank you for sharing this …

      2. Same here. I don’t have any babies, well one fur baby my cat Sylvester but I intend to put my brother Stephen first above my job. People with Autism don’t have a Voice but I am Stephen’s voice. I’m also attending to my health as I’m getting older and need more repairs and in my case maybe a major overhaul!! Oh the joys of aging!! 🙂 ❤

      3. I agree!! Same here. I don’t have any babies, well one fur baby my cat Sylvester but I intend to put my brother Stephen first above my job. People with Autism don’t have a Voice but I am Stephen’s voice. I’m also attending to my health as I’m getting older and need more repairs and in my case maybe a major overhaul!! Oh the joys of aging!! 🙂 ❤

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