Many immigrants move to America in hopes of achieving the American dream. Reluctance to grant citizenship to those who work hard in our country make it difficult for in these individuals to gain wealth. In the twentieth century the economy was flourishing, making it easier for people to get jobs; nowadays, in a recession, it is hard to find a job that pays well without a higher education. All of these factors make it harder for one to achieve the American Dream. The richest people of America continuously receive the largest tax breaks.
Tax cuts are only benefiting the richest people, and will widen the inequality gap between the rich and the poor. A recent report from the Congressional Research Service states, “as the top tax rates a... ... middle of paper ... ...ot let this inequality gap continues to rise; therefore, the government needs to tax heavily onto the rich people, and redistribute their money to the poor. If income inequality continues to grow, the economy will break down. For example, if the housing price continues to rise because of the rich people, poor people will not have a place to live since they cannot afford to buy these expensive houses. When this happens, it will create another housing bubble because the houses are not worth buying, which means the market value of the house exceeds the house’s value; therefore, nobody will buy the house including the riches since they already have houses to live.
Proving he is the authority as well as implying that the nation should listen to him because he understands first hand. The nation as an audience are mindful of the division between races, which added effectiveness towards the speech due to President Obama was unafraid of speaking what is usually often unspoken. President Obama validates his knowledge of the past and present’s uneasiness. Bringing to mind his knowledge of “legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws” to the present dangers of “conflict in the Middle East”. Giving the nation confirmation that he understands the role of history as well as the present-day concerns affecting our nation.
He first says what should not be done followed up by what should be done. Kennedy says the struggles of mankind is like “ Tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.” These strong points shows greater meaning to the struggles and people can relate with them. By doing this, Kennedy seeks out the attention of the audience to the fullest where they force themselves to help the country. The use of this technique is what makes Kennedy’s speeches so effective and famous.
Lincoln had used this location and the atmosphere in order to give his speech and inspire the audience to endure more suffering from the Civil War along with the burden of fallen soldiers. Even though it was a solemn event, Lincoln used language as a way to create a sense of unity. He never used singular pronouns, but rather plural pronouns in order to get the message of unity for not just Northerners or Southerners, but for all Americans. The speech had given the people a sense that if everyone worked together as one, those moving towards the common goal of a better United States could be achieved. “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract…It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced (Lincoln, Abraham).” The pathos used was intended to make the Union citizens dedicated themselves towards reuniting under America for things that were taken for granted, such as, freedom, democracy, and “liberty and justice for all.” These ideas dated back to the Founding Fathers and already had a place within the American people.
The era of volatility has created a shift from America being the middle-class society to simply rich or poor (Sachs, 2011). A gap this large has not been experienced since the 1920’s (Sachs). “The top 1% of households takes almost a quarter of all household income” but an economy this top heavy will not be able to succeed (Sachs, 2011, p. 30). The working classes are struggling with housing, wage, and employment issues. Rich individuals are ignoring these troubles, shipping their business operations out of the country, thus furthering the downward spiral of the economy (Sachs).
This is such an important issue to me because I come from a middle class American family that would like to pay less in taxes, and I believe in equality for all. The underlying problem of this issue is that Congress doesn’t vote based on what the majority of its constituents want, but rather what makes the congressmen the most money. They are more concerned with pleasing big business America and the wealthy than taking care of middle and lower class America. How taxes are imposed is of major importance to all Americans. Reforming the tax code to implement a flat tax is often offered as a solution to tax inequity.
For example, Obama said “I see it in the American who served his time, and made mistakes as a child, but now is dreaming of starting over and I see it in the business owner who gives him that second chance.” This was impactful because there are millions of Americans that can relate to this story. So when they hear the president recognizing them despite one’s shortcomings is heartwarming. Furthermore, this emotional appeal leaves viewers with a good feeling about Obama, because they feel he understands them and has their best interest at heart. Therefore, Obama succeeded at being the voice of the people and touching their heart with his empathy and positive
Although there are people and organizations that strongly believe the government shouldn’t raise the minimum wage because it will cause a higher unemployment rate, we must raise the minimum wage now to create more jobs, help families across the country that are sinking deeper and deeper into debt, and fix the broken tax code that is taking so much money from the poor and so little from the rich. It has long been thought by many that wealthy Americans are the job creators. It’s said that the more money they have the more they can spend, and the more businesses they can start up and hire employes. But this is a misconception because it is the middle class that drives the United States economy. The United State’s economy is a consumer economy 70% to be exact(Rogow 16) but how much stuff does a multimillionaire consume?
Slowly the poor are being shifted away from the center of wealth and being replaced by the already wealthy. It's a shame how a few people with large cheque books can run the most powerful country in the world, and yet the general public are being redirected to think this problem is a minimal and insignificant issue. The truth is that economic and social inequalities have been growing in the United States at an alarming pace. The inequalities exist because the wealthy want to have more, and the power to obtain more; To do so people must give up their wealth and thus cause the economic gap. Not only is the United States segregated based on the upper class and lower class, it seems that prejudice is also appearing in a hidden manner.