1. In what ways is economic restructuring, coupled with growing income and wealth inequality, affecting you and your family? Be as specific as possible in your answer.

2. Using the federal poverty line for a family of four ($24,267 in 2015), develop a monthly budget based on expenses for everything you think you would need to support yourself and your family of four (two adults, two children). Use the actual cost of housing, food, and so forth in your locale. What can you afford and not afford? How would you make ends meet on a poverty-level income?