Matt Taibb's The Divide

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In The Divide, author Matt Taibbi conveys to the reader the inner workings of temporary assistance offices. Taibbi argues that in order to receive benefits, one must wait hours in line at the offices and hopefully be accepted to get benefits. Even after waiting, they may be rejected for discrepancies found in their homes, such as clothes not suiting for a single mother or a child at school when you are asking for food stamps for him. An example that Taibbi discussed was a couple working at a fast food restaurant that was expecting a child. Originally, they were accepted and received benefits. However, after one month of receiving benefits they were rejected because the husband earned an extra $60 working an over time shift. Taibbi discusses

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