Poverty in America

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Poverty in America
A Social Problem

3/22/2013

Rebecca McNamara

Abstract
Poverty has been around as long as there has been an America. Programs have been set in place to help offset the issue, such as Food Stamps and housing. The government’s implementation of some of these programs is to ensure that the poor have a place to sleep and adequate meals to eat. There are issues with these programs that contribute to the furthering of poverty, but for the most part are more helpful than harmful. While there is a chance that there will always be a poverty line that Americans will be under, there are solutions that can be implemented towards getting many of these people above it. Some options might include keeping jobs within the United States.

Introduction
Walking down the streets of New York, one may see someone who looks like they could use a bath, a meal, and most likely, a place to sleep. We recognize these people as homeless and know that they are on the bottom rung of the poverty ladder. While these are the most obvious group at the bottom, many people don’t realize that the neighbor they live next to could be below the poverty level also. They may have a place to live but they cannot afford to put food on the table. The child that a person’s son or daughter sits next to in class may not have had breakfast that morning because their mom and dad paycheck had to go to keeping the electricity on and paying the rent that month. Without assistance from the government, these families would not survive. Poverty affects more than 43.6 million people in the United States. (Kendall, 2013, 34) There are more commercials about supporting children in third world countries then feeding our own children at home in the U.S. We send millions to Somlia, yet the children living on our streets continue to suffer. Most Americans believe that we need to fix the poverty issues here before we attempt to try and fix other countries. Abstract

Poverty has been around as long as there has been an America. Programs have been set in place to help offset the issue, such as Food Stamps and housing. The government’s implementation of some of these programs is to ensure that the poor have a place to sleep and adequate meals to eat. There are issues with these programs that contribute to the furthering of poverty, but for the most part are more helpful than harmful. While there is a chance that there will always be a poverty line that Americans will be under, there are solutions that can be implemented towards getting many of these people above it. Some options might include keeping jobs within the United States. a never ending issue

Poverty has always been in issue within the country. Poverty was defined by Mollie Orshansky in the early 1960s. She set the cost of an economy food plan, the most modest diet and multiplied this three. This signified the rest of the cost of living. Those that made below this were considered under the poverty level. (Edelmen, 2012) The country has had its high and lows. The highest rate of poverty was around 1960 where the level was at an astounding 21 percent. It reached its lowest during 1974. (Kendall, 2013) As prevalent as the problem is, one would think that it would be a topic our leaders embrace. Unfortunately, it is rarely discussed. Politicians choose to focus on issues they find to be more pressing and news worthy, like Social Security. According to the table in our text compiled by DeNavas-Walt, African Americans and Hispanics have the highest rate of poverty. (Kendall, 2013) This statistic has not really changed through the years. Reasons for this could be that most of these households are run by single parents. The elderly were the highest age group in poverty in 1959 but have been replaced by children, who make up 22 percent. (N. Kristof, 2012, New York Times) Children do not yet have a voice so more energy is focused on the groups that are more likely to vote. While programs...
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