Happy New Year to all!
This first article I found last week is an analysis of the state of poverty in America, looking at what percentage of a family's $50,000 income goes to taxes and other critical and necessary expenses. Ultimately, it shows the state of inequality that exists among the lower income strata and why governmental supports are very necessary just to survive.
This second link is to a blog post by an individual currently based in Minnesota responding to the the comments in the series of primary debates. Most importantly, this post serves as a reality check as to what it truly takes in order to access any governmental benefits, and just how difficult it is to process and receive them.