Poverty: a never ending cycle of American disappointment. There are many reasons why poverty is so prominent: the corrupt government, education systems, the never-ending circle, the materialized world, and the morality of it all. Throughout time, people have stumbled among the dilemma of helping or ignoring. We often stumble on the questions, “How do we fix this issue? Can we? Would we?”. Everyone has his or her own opinion on the topic, but does that change the morality of it? Poverty is a very controversial issue in America, but when broken down into causes and solutions it is actually very simple.
As many of us know, poverty is a nationwide problem. There are many causes to this, some may include, broken families, and drug or alcohol addiction. For approximately twenty five years, one of the biggest arguments fought had been about poverty policy. Of course we all had our own opinions however, discussing this problem has led to people splitting up into two groups, those who support the poor and those
The socioeconomic status for those who are impoverished in the United States is inherently poor and has not seen marked improvements over the last 30 years. Rather the situation has grown increasingly dire with continued and extreme inequities. Communities within the urban setting suffer from poverty levels much greater than those in rural communities. Mona Scott (2012), explains that minority groups suffer from the effects of the inequity of poverty. African American communities experience an unemployment rate of 15 percent, whereas white communities have an unemployment rate of 10 percent (p. 177). Great strides must be taken in order to reverse the negative effects of poverty overall, and the magnified negative impact poverty has in the urban community. Since the early 1980’s, there has been a steady decline in the overall welfare within the urban condition. According to Paul Peterson (1991), in 1964 President Lyndon Johnson waged a “War on Poverty” passing legislation with a strong vision of ending poverty. Conversely, the war was funded with little monetary allotments and feasted on an ideology of social community support and few sporadic ineffective educational and employment training programs. This vision based on a renewed national pride was honorable, the poverty level in the United States was at its lowest in recorded history sitting at 11 percent (p. 619). However honorable the intent was at the time, the only demographic the welfare policies had a long term positive effect on the elderly population was. The availability of affordable medical access and monetary support has allowed for sustained low poverty rates amongst the elderly (p. 619). The lack of sustainable long term strategies, effective in lower...
Barbara Ehrenreich wrote this book to explore the current welfare reform, which assured a job, can lead to a better life. She was set on discovering how specifically women, could live and advance on a minimum wage or below salary. She went from Florida, to Maine, to Minnesota working as a maid, nursing home aid, and sales clerk at Wal-Mart Ehrenreich quickly realized her one waitressing job wasn’t enough to support herself, so she acquired a second waitressing job just to discover she couldn’t do both. She was living in hotels, trailer parks, and surviving on fast food. She described how she had an advantage over most minimum wage women; she was healthy, had a car, and didn’t have children to support. She saw other women living in their cars, thinking they weren’t eating lunch cause they were on a diet, but rather didn’t have the money for food. Ehrenreich discovered how hard it was to live and support just one person’s basic expenses on minimum wage; that none of the work was unskilled, it all required some form of emotional or physical energy. She exposed the harsh tr...
Wicks-Lim, Jeannette. “The Working Poor.” New Labor Forum (Murphy Institute). 21.3 (2012): 17-25. Academic Search Complete. Web. 18 Oct. 2013.
THE phrase ''working poor'' doesn't carry much weight in this fractious political season. It slips by in a campaign speech, with nothing much to grab onto as it passes. It suffers from a kind of blunt-edged simplicity -- a collision of enormous, rounded terms that, by the lights of American exceptionalism, should not be joined. Both political parties quietly agree that it is an ugly, unsettling combination -- that any American who works steadily should not have to suffer the barbed indignities of poverty. But Americans do -- millions of them. There are 35 million people in the country living in poverty. Most of the adults in that group work nowadays; many of them work full time. And while there are heavy concentrations of African-Americans and white single women in the mix, the group is every bit as diverse, and diffuse, as the nation is.
It certainly seems peculiar how so much disparity exists among the haves and have-nots in the country that leads the free world. The high level of poverty in the United States coupled with the disparaging rates of income are at times hard to comprehend. How can a country of such great wealth and power also be a country of vast poverty? Poverty will always be evident in the United States to some extent. However, minimizing poverty and income inequality will be conducive to the well being of the United States.
Poverty in the United States
Poverty is defined by Webster says the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. The most common measure of poverty in the U.S. is called the poverty threshold. This measure determines the lack of food and needs commonly taken for granted. The federal poverty threshold for a family of four is approximately $ 23,550 dollars a year in 2013. Many people will have at some point lived below the poverty level for at least a year according to the government.
Poverty is one of the problems we face in our world, but I am focusing on some of the poverty problems we are facing here in America. There are over 40 million people in the United States that wake up every day not knowing where their next meal will come from or if they will even have a meal. I would like to share some facts about poverty and ideas to prevent poverty in the hopes that we can make a difference and help the lives of those in poverty.
The sociological approach toward social problems is different from many social science studies. Sociology connects with social problems which are local, or global; as well as, social problems discovered in individuals, and groups. Equally important the sociological study measures the effect of people and society. “As a social science, sociology offers an objective and systematic approach to understanding the causes of social problems.” (Leon-Guerrero, 2011, pp. 5-6) Unfortunately some social problems remain more significant than other social problems. Subsequently due to the danger and, or seriousness it may cause to some, or many people in society. (Crone, 2011, p. 7)