The Truth About Poverty

The poor, according to former labor secretary Robert Reich, “are regarded as people who are somehow different, either because they’re assumed to be Latin Americans or African Americans, or they are just assumed to be somewhat different. What a lot of people don’t realize is that your chance, if you are just a typical American, of falling into poverty sometime during your 30 or 40 years of working life is almost one out of three, and the poverty rate keeps on going up.”

Watch the full conversation, where Reich explains why, economically, America is almost two separate countries.



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