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Nickel and Dimed

On (Not) Getting By in America is the title of a book written by prominent political activist, democratic socialist, pop sociologist, and well-known feminist Barbara Ehrenreich who among her many titles also holds a PhD in cellular biology, about the lives led by the poor working classes in America. Written under the guise of an undercover journalist, Ehrenreich’s investigative journalism piece delves into the effects of the 1996 welfare reform Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which was enacted on August 22, 1996 which supposedly considers the economical status of the poor by providing federal cash handouts or assistance as welfare, although its reform, kept single parent families off of welfare, making it harder for single mothers…