-- Benjamin Todd Jealous
"No family gets rich from earning the minimum wage. In fact, the current minimum wage does not even lift a family out of poverty."
-- Jon Corzine
Income inequality has been a major problem facing American society for decades, but has recently become a major concern. I personally believe the major gap between the income of the rich and poor is a not just, but is not a major concern for the government and society. If the Federal Government addresses other major concerns facing American citizens the inequality will be adjusted due to other changes. The government needs to step in and adjust minimum wage and public education. If the government was to raise minimum wage and give public schools more money to support students educational needs than the income inequality would begin to be adjusted. I strongly believe income inequality is a major problem in today’s society; however, other issues need to be addressed before the gap between the rich and poor in America can be reduced.
I feel a major issue the Federal Government needs to address social issues to aid the income inequality crisis, a main concern is an increase in minimum wage. The current minimum wage standard in the United States is $5.15 an hour; however, “only 17 states and the District of Columbia have set their minimums higher,” but this means there is still a majority, 33 states, with citizens making an incredibly low and inappropriate standard of income (Addison 1). Minimum wage has not increased in over a decade and most likely will not be raised in the next few years. The reason there will not be a raise is because “the Republican minority in the U.S. Senate filibustered and blocked a vote on a House-passed bill that would give workers a $2.10-an-hour raise over two years” (Addison 2). There would have been no strings attached to businesses if this bill would have been passed resulting in no downfalls for businesses, the only major consequence would have been a decrease in the number of citizens living at or below the poverty line. If the Federal Government was to approve the wage increase the income gap would decrease drastically. Many people complain about the inequality between the rich and poor, but the Federal Government is able to decrease the number of people living in poverty instantly b...
... middle of paper ...
...the poverty line will have to wait an even longer time to rise above their deprivation. Additionally, if the government took the time to establish a solid public education for all students and encouraged high school students to attend college the gap would also see positive changes. Raising wages, setting new standards for schools, and giving more scholarships so students can attend college will all result in positive changes for income inequality. I believe income inequality is a problem society will continue to face if the government does not address other problems facing today’s society, once minimum wage is raised and strong education programs for all students are created the gap will begin to decrease.
Addison, John, and McKinley Blackburn. "Minimum Wages and Poverty." Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Vol. 53, No. 3.
Becker. "America Needs a Raise." ALF-CIO. Winter 2006. America's Union Movement.
24 Mar. 2007
Sahadi, Jeanne. "Mind the gap: Income inequality, state by state." CNN Money. 27
Jan. 2006. CNN. 24 Mar. 2007
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- America prides itself on being one of the most successful democratically governed counties. The idea of the American dream is that all citizens have equal civil liberties and a responsive government. However the effectiveness of democracy is being threatened by increasing inequality in the United States. “The dominant view holds that economic development and modernization are the key to the continued growth of democracy” (Snider and Faris 2001; United Nations, 2011). In the last decade especially the American Society has had significant moments of increasing equality.... [tags: Economic Inequality]
3272 words (9.3 pages)
- The disparity between the top income earners in the United States and everyone else is ridiculous. The rich continue to see huge increases in their income while everyone else’s rarely moves. Who is to blame for such a huge income disparity are Republicans, Democrats, neither, or maybe both. However, traditionally right wing republicans have favored reducing income taxes and corporate taxes for the top earners in the U.S. Republicans argue that Bush-era tax cuts on top earnings should be extended to stimulate the economy, while many Democrats back extensions only for lower earners(Marcia Clemmitt, 2010, para 1).... [tags: income earners, wage cuts, republicans]
857 words (2.4 pages)
- Article 01 On January 19, 2016, Julie Delahanty published an article called “Billionaires on the Bus: Income Inequality and the Future of Poverty”. Julie Delahanty is an executive director of Oxfam Canada. The article is based on the Oxfam Briefing Paper, titled “the Richest 62 people as An Economy for the 1%”. The article explains that inequality is an important crisis that needs to be addressed, as it promotes cohesion and growth in all facets of the population and economy. Unfortunately, the article’s eye-catching title is a reality in Canada.... [tags: Poverty, Economic inequality, United States]
1285 words (3.7 pages)
- Income inequality in Taiwan Why do I think it is a microeconomics issue. Microeconomics is the study that focuses on understanding how consumers and producers make choices and how they interact in a particular market (Mankiw & Taylor, 2014). Income inequality refers to the differences in income between individuals or households, or between different groups, areas, or nations. It is a term used to describe an uneven distribution of household or individual income in an economy (Black, Hashimzade & Myles, 2013).... [tags: Progressive tax, Tax, Economics, Income tax]
1067 words (3 pages)
- The issue that I think is the most pressing is the stagnation of wages and the increasing income inequality between labor and capital. The issue has at least two significant consequences: first, it results in the shrinkage of the middle class, which might lead to the lower chances of upward mobility; second, it also creates the income inequality and feelings of relative deprivation that would upset the workers’ living conditions and health. Therefore, it is an issue that requires all the actors to deal with.... [tags: Employment, Wage, Minimum wage, Part-time]
1155 words (3.3 pages)
- Minimum wage is the lowest compensation that workers can receive from the employers, hourly, daily or monthly. People’s opinions towards the effect of minimum wage differ. Those who are in favor of the implementation of the minimum wage regulations argue that it increases the standard of living of workers, reduces poverty and inequality, increase morale and in turn the efficiency of businesses. Those who disagree judge minimum wage laws against the criterion of reducing poverty. Moreover, they claim that it increases unemployment.... [tags: canada, labor, income]
604 words (1.7 pages)
- Article #1 Eckenrode,J. Smith, E., McCarthy, M.& Dineen, M. ( February 10, 2014). Income Inequality and Child Maltreatment in the United States. This article examines how income inequalities at a county level are associated with child maltreatment. Child abuse and neglect continues to represent a public health issue in the United States. The Fourth National Incidence Study estimated nearly 3 million children were physical, sexually, neglected, or emotionally abused in one year (USDHHS, 2005-2006).... [tags: Child abuse, Neglect, Physical abuse]
1124 words (3.2 pages)
- The United States a powerful nation on the global scale, but millions of its inhabitants live in poverty and face widespread inequalities. People from various backgrounds have in the past agreed on the widespread existence of poverty and inequality, especially in the United States. Poverty and inequality are serious matters that need to be assessed critically to find ways on how to reduce their extent, and resultant effects. People have stereotyped poverty substantively, and divergent attitudes crowd the discussions regarding poverty.... [tags: Social class, Poverty, Economic inequality]
1193 words (3.4 pages)
- Global inequality has been rising significantly around world. Some countries achieved rapid growth, while some others did not. Not only across the countries, inequality is also exist among groups in the economy. Even, the world biggest economies included in G20 are now the home of half of the world’s poor people (G20 2014). Many economist debates about the underlying drivers and solutions. The deterioration effect of globalization, technological change, and even intergenerational process has been pointed as the causes of inequality.... [tags: Poverty, Economic inequality, World Bank]
1226 words (3.5 pages)
- Introduction President Obama speech in December 2013 hosted by the Center of American Progress spoke about the high disparities of income in the US, saying that his government priorities is to lowering the income inequality and promotes opportunities, especially to the poorest (The White House 2013). Income inequality in the United States (US) is the fourth highest among the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries measured by the Gini coefficient, a measurement of inequality which intended to show the income distribution of a nations’s resident (OECD 2014).... [tags: public policy in the administrative agenda]
1379 words (3.9 pages)