Poverty Is Color Blind Essay

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Many of us view poverty as mainly a third world issue, because it tends to have little effect on the majority of individuals on a recurring basis. Yet, it is a difficult situation prevalent in all types of civilization, despite the overall advances in technology, medicine and education that one country may have over the other. Poverty does not necessarily have to affect a specific individual, but as a country, it affects all levels of production; even when the production of a single country begins to falter, it could potentially have major effects on others, creating a continuous cycle.“Poverty is color blind”, it does not discriminate, and is a societal problem that needs to be dealt with today (Fullerton, par. 3). If not helped or solved,…show more content…
Nonetheless, everyone seems to have a different idea as to how to solve this worldwide issue, some significantly more drastic than others. The easiest way, is to solve this problem is domestically. If each country were to focus on their internal economic infrastructure, and create jobs and social services for their population, it would be a helpful beginning step. As for the U.S., many people are against the current “over-funding” of social aid programs from the government, such as Social Security and Medicare. However, it may not necessarily be over funding that is the only complication, and these programs are highly vital to the action of eliminating poverty, so it is highly crucial to continue their funding. The U.S. bases the poverty threshold for the size of the family, and how many children in that family are under the age of eighteen. For example, a four person family unit, two of them being children under the age of eighteen, would have to, according to the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau, be making less than “$24,036” annually to be considered impoverished (“Census”, chart 1.1). To some, the threshold may seem too low, or even too high. Yet considering that the 2015 annual household income is “$53,657” (Luhby, par. 1). Now, if two adults in a four person

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