Nickel and Dimed
...Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. New York:
Henry Holt and Company, 2001.... These people are poor because, according to Ehrenreich, they are playing a game that is basically rigged against them, and caught in a cycle. They have only a certain number of jobs that are available because of education and experience, and these jobs further slim down the field by having personality tests, drug tests, and other obstacles. It is not the working poor’s fault, in this estimation, because they are poor basically because of circumstance.
In terms of who is at fault, the system can be blamed. Ehrenreich notes that many people think that the poor are stupid or lazy, and blame them. There is a lot of har...