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Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Edwards: Being Poor is Expensive
Over at Table for One, the guest-blogging spot at the new TPM Cafe, Senator John Edwards is writing about his new work (or the new version of his old work) - the study of how to overcome poverty. Among his interesting points is a post entitled "Being Poor is Expensive", which links to this Brookings study that shows that poor people pay more for basically everything, including the exact same goods and services that cost less to wealthier people. From healthcare to insurance to credit card interest, the poor are constantly subjected to conditions that seem designed to keep them poor. Fixing that is one of our most fundamental challenges, if we are to revitalize the American Dream that has stagnated as class status has become entrenched.