Barbara Ehrenreich, a journalist who wrote the book on subsistence existence a few years ago -- "Nickled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America" -- is back this weekend, writing an Op-Ed in the New York Times entitled "Too Poor to Make the News."
She writes not about the Nouveau Poor, those Americans now forced to give up vacations, or dinners out, but rather about the already poor, "the estimated 20 percent to 30 percent of the population who struggle to get by in the best of times."
One of the examples she cites is an unnamed Racinian: "In Racine, WI, a 51-year-old laid-off mechanic told me he’s supplementing his diet by 'shooting squirrels and rabbits and eating them stewed, baked and grilled.' "
Not a pretty picture in a city whose priorities favor spending $55,000 on a piece of public art. Read her entire article here.