The first issue we wish to tackle is poverty. Poverty is an important issue, and we see that not enough people are worried about this. We will be providing you with a handful of data we have procure to s how you how dire this situation is and why you should be concerned about this. We hope by the end you will be willing to fight this with us.
According to Dictionary.com, Poverty is “the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor”. Plenty of Americans in the United States have suffered in poverty, struggling just to get the basic necessities to live because of either low income or change in the country economics. Since President Lydon’s declare for the War on Poverty 50 odd years ago, no significant change has been seen. Today, 45 million Americans are below the poverty line, and according to Pew Research, “In 2012, 57% of poor Americans were ages 18 to 64, versus 41.7% in 1959” (DeSilver). Many of our young working class are living in Poverty, most making only minimum wage. The minimum wage is perfect for those living only supporting themselves, but leaves those in a two person family or more struggling. In 2010, the South has the largest percentage of those in poverty. It is seen that counties in the country that are the most populous have the largest poverty rate, counties like Los Angeles, Cook county, Kings or Maricopa. And while the young working class is struggling, fewer elder are living along the Poverty line. Pew Research reports, “ In 1966, 28.5% of Americans ages 65 and over were poor; by 2012 just 9.1% were” (DeSilver). Why is that the elderly is so much better off than the rest of us, how can we fix our country’s economics so that everyone is on equal terrain.While poverty have been split up geographical, it has been split ethnically too. Out of the major ethnicities in America ,27.2% African-Americans, 12.1% of White Americans, and Hispanics at 25.6%. (Desilver). In what possible way can we fix this?
To make matters worse, some Americans believe that Poverty isn’t as big as a problem and that the Government should not waste time or money trying to deal with it. When asked about it,more than half of the public (51%) reported that they believe, “government today can’t afford to do much more to help the needy,” while the rest of the public (43%) says, “the government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt” (Krogstad and Parker). And when asked about government’s benefits, 47% say “poor people have hard lives because government benefits don’t go far enough to help them live decently” and 44% say “have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return”(Krogstad and Parker). Why are we so separated on such a dire situation like this. These statistics give us a better understanding of how big this issue is in America. Now we will be able to start our plan of action and decide how to fix the situation together.
Not many people are not known to oppose to this, and if they do it’s those that support a capitalistic society. Most would say that we are wasting our time trying to fix this situation. As we said above, the some of the public believe that the government should not waste their time fixing this because poor people have it so easy. Some say, how can you complain when you get all the federal benefits.
Poverty is not easy to fix but the solution is attainable. We will propose a list of solutions that we believe can fix out poverty issue, but we will need the participation from you, the citizen, and government to make this happen.
Creating more education opportunities available is another possible solution. The problem with unemployment rate is not only because there are not enough jobs for worker,but that the workers are not properly educated,trained, and prepared for some jobs. If we fund more vocational schools and provide more resources for job training we may soon eliminate the number of inexperience workers and increase workers prepared for the jobs properly so that they can increase their chance to be hired.
Helping the minority in our country is another solution.
- Starting with women, single-mothers suffer from poverty more than other familial types. If we start giving women equal pay to their male counterparts, then maybe that will help these struggling mothers and even those living alone.
- If we remove structural racism, it can help black and latinx find better jobs that pay more than they may have now.
- For undocumented immigrants, they have limited job opportunities and are intimidated by their employers to accept lower pay in fear of being deported.
And lastly for those that were convicted.
- For those who have been convicted and incarcerated, it is hard to reinstate themselves back into the workforce. Finding a career or even a job can be difficult for them because some employers refuse to hire convicts. This forces them to only be able to seek low paying jobs, and in turn thrust them into poverty.
America would need to invent ways to make it less difficult for convicts to find jobs. Most of these solutions require mass amounts of time,dedication, and money, which would be paid through our taxes. We know that it may sound like a lot, but with these sacrifices and our dedication we know that America can make it happen.
Now that you have read the statics and our proposal, we hope that you are now informed and geared to help us fight this cause. The battle to get our nation to see the problem here and that we are need of change. Are you ready to fight with us?
Boteach, Rebecca Vallas and Melissa. “The Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class.” Center for American Progress. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.
DeSilver, Drew. “Minimum Wage Hasn’t Been Enough to Lift Most out of Poverty for Decades.” Pew Research Center. N.p., 18 Feb. 2014. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.
DeSilver, Drew. “Who’s Poor in America? 50 Years into the ‘War on Poverty,’ a Data Portrait.” Pew Research Center. N.p., 13 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.
“Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation.” The Raising of America. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.
Krogstad, Jens Manuel, and Kim Parker. “Public Is Sharply Divided in Views of Americans in Poverty.” Pew Research Center. N.p., 16 Sept. 2014. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.