Poverty Is The Highest Rate Of Poverty Among Developed Nations

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One in six Americans live in poverty. The United States currently ranks 17th of 19 developed nations for highest rate of income disparity behind only Mexico and Turkey. Per the OCED (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), America has the highest rate of poverty among developed nations. These truly staggering statistics reveal a nation known for prosperity facing an unprecedented amount of struggle and penury.
Merriam-Webster defines poverty as “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” Dissecting this definition, it is interesting but very fitting that the term “socially acceptable” is used. Apart from the financial struggles, poverty also aims to take a direct hit at one’s pride. Imagine pride as a wall. Throughout life hard work and dedication makes a strong and secure wall, something that instills pride and fulfillment. The inability to be self-sufficient begins to weaken that once impenetrable wall, the foundation cracks, and eventually the wall collapses. Without pride, embarrassment settles in and issues are masked to avoid shame. Eventually humiliation overtakes with despair and desperation. Poverty is like a thief take takes pride and replaces it with shame.
Viewed by many as a self-inflicted issue caused by laziness, lack of effort, or poor choices in life, poverty is often blamed on the victims. With over 46 million Americans currently in poverty there exists a substantial group who find…

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