Poverty in America. The topic of income inequality and the shrinking middle class has been written about mostly in the liberal press. The days of the "War on Poverty" and books like the one Michael Harrington wrote on poverty seem to be from another age. Recently I have read a couple of newspaper articles that highlight some of the issues relating to this topic. The first is an article by Nicholas Kristoff in the New York Times on how the SSI program seems to be perpetuating poverty rather than helping people move out of poverty. The second is an article in the Washington Post on the challenges of a teenager moving into the middle class in a town in Pennsylvania. Both articles provide some depth to the issue of poverty in our Country today and I recommend taking a little time to read each article.