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# 1Because the poor can not get their basic needs for life, they cannot improve their well-being; therefore, our society as a whole cannot efficiently move in new directions. Studies by the International Center for Eradicating Poverty show that in third world countries the primary cause of poverty stems from the effects of natural disasters, the lack of uniform infrastructure, corruption, centralized government power, lack of knowledge, employment skills, education and resources.

With our rising rates of unemployment and homelessness and lack of education, America and a number of other countries are diving into poverty. With worldwide involvement and unlimited financial and human resources, our country and numerous others could take a sizable step in fixing these problems.

A young boy sits on the side of the road wearing tattered clothes, covered in dirt, inhaling a half-eaten sandwich he pulled out of a nearby dumpster. He resorts to drugs to abate his hunger and becomes a gang member for protection; he is tired of the other boys beating him up at night. Forced to steal and beg to stay alive, to bathe in a fountain, to grow up so fast, and to witness the underbelly of society, the root of his problems - his parental circumstances - has long since faded from his memory. His parents worked at a car factory for the first few years of his life. Though they earned very little in the assembly line and were in immense debt, they somehow managed to afford a small shack and food. Unfortunately, this boy's parents worked in the SUV department of the factory, and when the gas prices increased their branch of the company was shut down due to the lack of demand for the formerly popular "gas guzzlers." Soon, they found themselves unable to buy the necessities of life and were forced to live on the streets and eat when they could at a shelter. They tried desperately to find other jobs to help support their family, but without a high school diploma it seemed impossible. The best paying job they were able to find was at a local restaurant, barely making minimum wage. During the family's first winter on the street, both parents deprived themselves to help keep their young son warm, and as a result both caught pneumonia. While the mother's condition worsened the father's slowly began to heal; however, once the mother died the father seemed to be extremely grief-stricken and passed away soon after, leaving their four year old son to fend for himself.

# 2This same situation and countless others like it have affected a great number of families in our country and throughout the rest of the world. With our rising rate of unemployment and lack of education, America is diving into poverty. Our country is drowning and needs serious assistance. Money cannot make these problems vanish, no matter how much there is, but it can substantially diminish them. If given unlimited financial and human resources during the next ten years, our country and numerous others could take a sizable step in reducing the problems of homelessness, education, and unemployment.

The first step in the process is to gain worldwide involvement.

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Disciplines: A Reader for Writers. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice, 2000.

Magnet, Myron. "Rebels with a Cause." Kennedy

overty has many causes; some of them are very basic. The primary factors that may lead to poverty are overpopulation, the unequal distribution in world economy, inability to meet high standards of living or high cost of living, inadequate employment and education opportunities, environmental degradation, certain economic and demographic trends and welfare incentives. We have already seen what is...
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