The pool of opportunity has grown smaller from what it once was, and it seems that opportunity parallels the wealth in capitalist America—a small number of individuals are successful in their endeavors, and the rest must settle for less with disappointment and disillusionment. While hard work and perseverance may push individuals to new heights, the power of optimism and positive thinking can only take a person so far. The great American dream and frontier is only available to those with certain circumstances, and those circumstances are becoming less available to the new generation coming into the
Today our welfare programs give out too much money and the systems need to be reformed again. In 1996 The Welfare Reform Act was enacted and it changed the entire program for the better. However, since then, the programs have become abused and need to be reformed again. Many of the people that receive state or federal funding have more luxury items than the average middle class family. The government should check-in on the families that are receiving assistance to make sure they actually need the assistance. The government should also place more stipulations on the various welfare programs in the state. There are several people all across the country that are abusing the system that was put in place to help get people survive in a time of need. Welfare was created in the 1930s following the Great Depression to provide people with some assistance while the economy was in a low point. Welfare includes several different programs within it such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Medicaid and WIC (Women, Infant, Children). Those are the four most common and most abused programs that are offered in the state of Illinois. There was once a myth of a woman called “The Welfare Queen”. She was a woman, generally African American, with several children to collect benefits from, she would sit on the couch or drive around in a fancy car and it was all paid for through the government (Stein). She never worked a day in her life because it was just easier to get pregnant and receive TANF benefits. This has slowly changed over the years, now it is not just African American women, 38.8% of recipients on welfare are white but 39.8% are African American (Brain).
Many reforms in the UnitedStates have been passed to help fight against the “War on Poverty”; but it has not been effective in eradicating poverty in the U.S. There are about 46 million people who are living in impoverished conditions and poverty continues to be a social issue in this country (Heritage Foundation, 2011) In the beginning, our country was formed under the belief that “this land is the land of opportunity and if we worked hard enough the American Dream can be gained” (Schwarz, 1997). People immigrate to this country today in hopes of becoming rich so they could gain a better life. In spite of coming to this country for a better life, many are faced with the lack of skills and money to succeed. In the end, most will end up in unskilled labor jobs that can barely support their families. Poverty continues to be a growing social issue because people have the “ inability to provide necessities like clothes, healthcare, and shelter” (Heritage Foundation, 2011) to help themselves and their family; therefore, many sacrifices have to be made to insure their survival. Yet many reforms made to help people living in poverty are based “off of outdated statistics” (Henslin, 2014, p.276) and are not enough to help the lower class maintain a sufficient standard of living. Poverty relates to conflict theory since the poor are struggling just to get by. Government programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing assistance, and food stamps provided by the government are not enough to help the poor gain social mobility.
Firstly research shows that ⅙ newborns are born into poor families. Another reason is poor children struggle with education. Kids that are born into undereducated parents are not likely to succeed at school without help that targets their family problem. Children that spend more than half of their lives in poverty are almost always likely to enter their 20’s without completing high school in contrast to, a child that has never been poor. Poor people with families also struggle with providing necessities. And lastly workers at the bottom of the economic scale barely get by during hard times scraping every last dollar they have from paycheck to
As we all know prices for necessities in life are on the rise. Prices for food, shelter, clothing, gasoline, and rent are all increasing day by day. What is poverty? Poverty is not enough money to purchase basic needs in life such as food, shelter, and clothing. Parents with children are finding it harder to involve their child into a daycare because it can take up to 80% of a women’s income annually. If couples are finding it hard to survive with higher wage jobs then what about the single mothers that are jobless? Or that work part-time? If a woman has a child and has well-paying job a daycare still takes up to 80% of her income what about the poor? Most single mothers in Canada either have part-time job, temporary job/contract job, or are jobless. In today’s society women still get paid less than men and do the same work. Single mothers often get either minimum wage or below minimum wage jobs. Some mothers even have only 35 dollars to spend on grocery for week. If a mother has an infant diapers cost approximately $37.94 for a box of 216 diapers. That takes up to a 9 day budget. (9*5=45).
John Steinbeck, famous author of The Grapes of Wrath, once said, “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” This quote, while fairly amusing, brings up a vital subject--class mobility. Can people in poverty still be rags to riches stories? The book Class Matters reports that class mobility has most likely decrease and that it takes five generations for a family class status to change. In Yakima this poses a very grim problem because 34% of Yakima residents line under the poverty line. And of those 55.9% are single mothers, just like Angela Whitiker (Citydata). That is why Angela Whitiker’s story is so central to not only the world but to
I believe it is very difficult to raise a child alone as well as pay for a home. Also, like Edin and Kefalas explained, children raised by 2 parents have a much greater chance of entering college and not going to jail. However, I do agree with some perspectives of the poor women. The idea of having autonomy over one 's life, or working very hard to raise a child as a source of fulfillment can both inspire the mother and even inspire others to do so. Ultimately, I believe that this decision would make sense for me. I think it is possible to raise a child successfully out of wedlock despite it being difficult. It also very interesting, these experiences gave the mother 's important life lessons. As Edin and Kefalas describe: “Women openly, and often eagerly, shared life lessons they had learned about relationships, marriage, and children.” (16.3) What is most interesting to me is the life lessons they learned through raising a child out of wedlock. I think that this is one of the most important parts of the experience because these life lessons can be shared with other individuals. In essence, when a poor women raises a child out of wedlock, it is not only for the success of herself, but it can be for the success of society as the life lessons the mother learns can be
The article is titled "3 TVs and No Food: Growing Up Poor in America," written by Nicholas Kristof, a journalist, author, liberal / progressive op-ed columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, focuses on child poverty in the US and how the government fails to inform people about it. He uses real-life examples of people who were living poorly as a kid due to certain conditions. Child Poverty is a severe disaster in the United States.
Living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, our culture has naturally valued prestige and luxuries. We admire fancy items and often judge other individuals by the clothes they wear, the car they drive, and the schools that they attend. The “American Dream” serves as a motivational factor for people; believing that hard work and dedication can bring “success” to ones’ life. Although this is partially true, it is difficult for individuals in the middle class and lower class.
Having to see my aunt struggle with maintaining 5 kids under one household all by herself without being able to help her out is one of the most difficult things to see. 10 year old me just sat there as my aunt complained about not being able to get help from anywhere because she “makes” a lot of money. Many single parents aren’t able to get the resources they need because of the littlest things.
Arlene Beale is a single mother of two whose eviction problems never seem to end. Arleen is under-employed, most likely from lack of education and does not receive any financial assistance from her children's father. Looking at Arleen’s case from a Liberation Health perspective, we must realize that the problems of individuals and their families cannot be understood in isolation from the economic, political, cultural, and historical conditions which give rise to them, as mentioned by Berklin-Martinez (2014). Family and individual crisis are the products of current social, economic, and political crisis and must be looked at from a lens of the world.
... boundaries of poverty. It would still take Ma a couple of years of hard work and dedication before getting out of Southie, but never as long as it took her in the nineteen hundreds. The truth is that single mother’s face far more challenges than marry couples with kids do, especially when combating dangers, crime, and poverty. According to the statistics released by The Urban Institute of Washington, “single-mother households become poor at a rate of 15.7 percent a year, compared with just 2.8 percent for married-parent households” (Ribar and Hamrick). However, it is proven by studies and statistics that the United States is slowly reducing its poverty rate by increasing the funding of services and institutions that help low income families; therefore, it is believable that in present years, Ma would be able to get out of Southie much faster than she did in 1990.
A handsome young American couple decides to get married after being romantically involved for just two short years. A few months following their wedding day, the couple decides to have a baby. About one year after conception, the couple is seen embracing the very light of their lives as they hold their baby girl. Although it seems life could not be any better for the couple, they realize that the father’s sole income is not enough to support the entire family. The couple thought they had appropriately accounted for the expenses necessary to manage the new addition to their family on a single income. However, with the recent price spike of groceries resulting from sky rocketing gas prices, the couple realizes they will both have to work in order to pay their bills. As a result, the couple resorts to non-parental child care for their precious baby girl.
Poverty is a common social issue that has troubled the United States for a countless number of years. Poverty is considered deprivation. It is when we are deprived of the things we need to function properly in society. Education, food and shelter are things that individuals struggling through poverty lack. Poverty is subjective because anyone can differ on the level of deprivation we suffer that describes the state of poverty. Some people even want to include the ability to go on foreign holidays as people are deprived of something the majority up till quite recently could do. Unsurprisingly, it still widely exists and has been a consistent problem. No matter what the overall prosperity level is, there will always be millions of individuals who are homeless and/or hungry. Even today, there are still people struggling to find shelter and feed their families. This social problem has various impacts on different people. However, there are possible solutions that are available to alleviate this social problem. In discussing poverty in the United States, I will be utilizing major perspectives that include the condition emerging middle class poverty and the cause and effects of poverty.