The economy is doing great. So why doesn’t it feel like it?

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

The media have been arguing about who should get credit for the “booming” economy: Trump or Obama. But if the economy is “booming,” then:

Why are so many people living paycheck to paycheck?—78% of workers according to a recent report.

Why are seven million Americans three months behind on their car payments

How do you explain how the government shutdown affected the finances of federal workers? 62% of federal workers depleted all or most of their savings. 42% took on debt, 25% tapped their retirement accounts, and 25% visited a food bank.

Clearly, the economy boom applies to only a small slice of Americans.

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Poor Americans are being left out of the narrative—it’s time for us to listen to these stories.

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