The Rise of the Working Poor and the Non-Working Rich
Many believe that poor people deserve to be poor because they're lazy. As Speaker John Boehner has said, the poor have a notion that "I really don't have to work. I don't really want to do this. I think I'd rather just sit around."
In reality, a large and growing share of the nation's poor work full time -- sometimes sixty or more hours a week - yet still don't earn enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.