This is so true! We live in Oregon... and are just on the edge of the poverty level (we own a home and are not what we consider "poor"). But we are in a weird situation. If I get a job to supplement my husband's income, my loss due to government policy is over 50%. I lose 15% to SSI, 10% (will be 15) to Fed Tax, 9 % to Oregon state tax... plus we lose about 15 to 25%of our earned income credit. (We already pay $1750 property tax). Plus if I get a job, my income may disqualify our son's Pell Grants, as well as prehaps make us have to pay for obama health insurace (which we don't have). Not to mention gas to get to work. We feel so squeezed.... There is no way out of this mess.