Poverty in America

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The Background of Poverty in America
In the United States today there are many reforms that had been made to help cope with those who are living in poverty. However, these reforms have been keeping many from being able to climb the social class ladder because the “War on Poverty” has not been effective on ridding poverty in the U.S. According to the Heritage Foundation, there are about forty six million people who are living in poverty and it is a conflict in this country because it puts people of lower class at a disadvantage because they have to choose between necessities like healthcare, child care and food in order to help themselves and their family members; therefore, many sacrifices have to be made to insure their survival. Though many reforms have been made to help people living in poverty, there is still much work to be done to help the lower class maintain a sufficient standard of living.
Many people are living in poverty due to the inability to find a job because some businesses are outsourcing jobs to developing countries since workers there are willing to be paid less than the average American worker. This creates problems for people who are trying to look for jobs due to the fact that not many jobs are available on the job market and will remain jobless if the government does not conform to the economic environment. Obama has promised to put more jobs into America to improve the social standing of people living in poverty, however, very few jobs had been put on the job market. Shah (2011) states that historically that the U.S has always had the largest gap between the rich and the poor compared to other industrialized nations. With the elite receiving more money than people who are of lower class, it creates tensi...

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