“The ‘working poor’ … are in fact the major philanthropists of our society.
– they neglect their own children
so that the children of others will be cared for;
– they live in substandard housing
so that other homes will be shiny and perfect;
– they endure privation
so that inflation will be low and stock prices high.
To be a member of the working poor is to be
an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else.”
(Barbara Ehrenreich in “Nickel and Dimed”)