Our lack of appreciation for the contributions of poor workers bothers me. Our prejudice is ubiquitous, at this point, and has even invaded common parlance, left and right. We now talk of "trailer trash" and "white trash," as if being poor was due to some terrible moral failing. At the same time, we benefit from living in an economy where services (a few of them, at least) are still affordable, precisely because of cheap labor.
The working poor are ignored in conservative circles. They're the ugly step-child that no one wants to talk about. When Bush provides taxcuts for the wealthy, conservatives mumble about how lazy welfare mothers need to pay their own way, how the slackers should be weaned off state support. But little is said about the people who make our comfortable lives possible.
Other blogments on the book can be found at: Eszter's Blog and Liloia.