Defining and Decreasing Poverty Within the U.S.

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How poverty is defined in America is outdated and simply hurts poor families and how the government helps to provide for them. Due to the overall success and the median income of those in America comparatively to the globe, only a very small portion is defined as living in absolute poverty (not meeting very basics). As stated in class “most poor people have cars, homes, & consumer goods.” One chart that shows the ownership of specific goods demonstrates that 73.4% of the poor have an automobile, 91.3% have any type of phone, and even 79.7% have an air conditioner. This claim makes America sound like poverty is not much of a problem, but the dilemma is that in reality the gap between the richest and poorest is steadily widening. How our government is helping out families in poverty is problematic. Simply put, some people who shouldn’t be receiving money from the government are, while those who make less than the Poverty Threshold aren’t. One of the most problematic components of the American Welfare System is the money exhausted isn’t enabling those who receive it, to rise above and stop depending upon it. Not only should our government analyze the current system, but it should apply its findings to the laws of the new welfare system (such as the Human Capital Theory), and not let the rigid 1963 laws dictate current and changing trends. A whole new system should be implemented; with current statistical data inspiring an efficient and much more helpful system that not only helps the rightfully needy, but also creates a system that will allow them to rise above needing welfare. Creating such incentive systems for those who don’t simply rely on welfare without recourse should be implemented. And although this may be much more expensi...

... middle of paper ... coverage. This generally supports the increasing of the Human Capital which would be the last component in the vastly different American Welfare system.

A system that uses this type of multifaceted factoring of human’s living condition rather than simply their income will immensely help better those who need it, and eliminate those who are abusing it.

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