Barbara Ehrenreich's 'Our Wealth :' Is It Now A Crime To Be Poor?
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America is a land of wealth and opportunity, a beacon of liberty whose citizens enjoy great personal freedoms and the benefits of the world’s largest economy. That is the image that we hold dear and project to the rest of the world, but is all that wealth, liberty, and justice really for all? Henry Veldboom 's article “Our Wealth: Where Is It Taking Us” and Barbara Ehrenreich’s article “Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?” both question that image and the underlying values of american society.
Barbara Ehrenreich thinks that America has a problem with the way it deals with those in poverty; not only does one of the richest nations in the world treat its impoverished citizens unkindly, but the laws we are passing have actually made it “almost illegal…show more content… His essay is on consumerism and the harm it does to our society, and especially our children, is based more on his own ideology instead of well supported facts.
Henry Veldbloom starts his essay, “Our Wealth: Where Is It Taking Us?” by stating, “North America’s wealth and the lifestyle it affords are known throughout the world. This knowledge has created a belief that wealth and happiness are synonymous” (Veldbloom 331) He goes on to ask about the unforeseen cost that we are clearly failing to consider; however, he does not actually define this cost until much later into his…show more content… Kids being targeted is dangerous for a several of reasons. First, “the effects of aggressive marketing and consumerism on North American children are exhibited in a wide range of health problems…the more children buy into commercial and materialist messages, the worse they feel about themselves, the more depressed they are, and the more they are beset by anxiety, headaches, stomachaches, and boredom” (Veldbloom 333 ). The second reason is that it continues a vicious cycle from happy, wealthy people to poorer, sicker people, demonstrated by the fact that children want to be rich when they grow up (Veldbloom 333) Third, even when adults manage to resist the brainwashing from media sources, they must then avoid additional push to consume from their own children. “Children aged four to twelve influenced an estimated $670 billion of adult purchasing in 2004.” (Veldbloom,