Is poverty still ignored in the United States?
Poverty seems to be a forbidden word in the executive, judicial and the legislative branches of the United States Federal Government. In fact, when these federal government branches embark on the subject of poverty it is merely to blame one or the other party (Democrats/Republicans), but never to address the core issues of poverty, its affect on America’s population or how to terminate poverty across all States. To determine if poverty is still ignored in the United States, we have to understand what our politicians have contributed or have not contributed to its cause which ultimately had an effect. First, we have to address how poverty came to be in the USA “The Great Wall Street Crash of 1929; Black Tuesday” took place on October 29, 1929. (The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Jennifer Rosenberg)
The crash of Wall Street marked the beginning of the great depression. As a result of the Great Wall Street Crash, ”many investors lost their businesses, homes and life savings. Unemployment rose from 3.9 million to 15 million. By 1933, more than 20% of workers were jobless, many banks closed; and many farmers and business owners went bankrupt.” (Charles Zastrow, 10th Edition, pg. 12)
During this period there were only private charities that families could go to for support to feed their families. The problem magnified to the point that charities such as, the Community Chest, the Red Cross and other volunteer organizations were unable to meet the demand of the unemployed population. They called for support from the federal government. It was on President Herbert Hoover’s watch when intervention from the government was requested. In 1930, President Hoover, a Republican responded when he approved a $45 million bill to feed starving livestock in Arkansas then opposed a $25 million bill to feed starving farmers and their families in the same State. In... [continues]
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