Poverty and Its Effect on Society Essay

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Poverty and its Effect on Society

Le’Quisha Davis

SOC 100 – Introduction to Sociology

Professor Lisa Riggleman-Gross

January 29, 2012


The United States has one of the strongest economies in the world. Even in light of recent events such as the economic collapse and recession, the U.S. reported a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $47,200 per capita in 2010 (estimated). The U.S. has maintained its status as the largest and most technological country due to its market based economy (CIA-The World Fact Book). However, while the U.S. has reported such high numbers in GDP, we rank third in poverty with a 17% poverty rate. This ranking is among the top thirty of
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But in the end we ignore those who are struggling just like they were years ago. The difference is, today, many of us who now do the ignoring are possibly not too far from be improvised ourselves. Although the current national unemployment rate is reported to be trending down, it is still at a staggering 8.5% (Employment Situation Summary; U.S. Department of Labor).

So what can be done to stop the growing number of those who are considered living in poverty? The debate is widespread and there seems to be no one right answer. In the media politicians play the blame game on which side, Republican or Democrat, are to blame for the nation’s current economic mess. And the occupy movement, which seems to shift its focus and intent daily, has made a lot of noise and pointed fingers at who is at fault, has yet to serve up any concrete plans on how to actually help stem the problem of people who are poor. Education is, in some opinion, the best way out of poverty. Surveys from the U.S Census Bureau in 1998, 1999, and 2000 state that a person with a high school degree can earn about $7,000 more a year than someone who did not finish school, and a person with just an associate degree can anticipate making at least $15,000 more (Value of an Education; EarnMyDegree.com). Though these figures most likely have changed due to the current economic climate, it can still be assumed that having an education of some sort is far more

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