Essay on Poverty Between Poverty And Poverty

1595 Words Oct 30th, 2014 7 Pages
The number of people below the poverty line in the US is over 14%, which are approximately 43 million people of the whole population (Silverman, 2014, lecture 1). For a country as economically and militarily powerful as the US, it is a shame to have such a high rate of poverty. Professor Silverman proposed an oversimplified solution that can end the problem of poverty altogether, which is taking the Gross Domestic Product and distribute it evenly on the population. However, such measure is obviously impossible to do and irrational to attain, as many other issues will come out of this utopian idea. According to the lectures, the rates of poverty in the US are disproportional from one state to another, from one city to another, from one race to another, and even from one gender to another. Therefore, we cannot talk about solutions to poverty without dealing with spatial variables, such as location, ethnicity, political involvement and so on. In order to find out why there are more or less poor people in some regions, we need to analyze the causes of poverty in those regions. Also, in order to know why certain people are more or less poor than others, we need to look for the reasons why they are so.
Problems and numbers:
From a big scale, California and New York have the two highest GDP in the nation, and controversially, have the highest poverty rates in the nation. For example, 26% (6 million people) of California’s people live below the poverty line, given that California…

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