Poverty Rate In America

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Since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty in 1964 during his union address, there has been an increase shift in our attention in trying to lower the poverty rate in America. Today, the poverty line depends on how many people live in a household but these thresholds are too low and need to be higher. The poverty line should be a clear distinction that shows that if one is to be below it they cannot afford to pay for the all necessities in order to live. Living above the poverty line, even if it is just above, should mean that one can pay for bills that are necessary to live even if they are just making by doing this. While the poverty line has increased due to inflation in wages, what it has not accounted for is the increase …show more content…
Robert Rector, a senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation based in Washington D.C, is one of those people. Rector claims that in fact the poverty percentages should be less than what they actually are. Rector’s reasoning for this is that Americans living in “poverty” have a higher standard of living compared to other countries. While that is a valid point, just because another country has more cases of extreme poverty does not undermine the current states of poverty some Americans are living in. Not only have that, but his standards sometimes made little to any sense. For example he claims that the poverty problem cannot be as big of a deal as what it is because he found that out of all the people in this country classified as poor that “97 percent of the have color televisions.” Or that “90 percent own a car.” Rector’s main flaw in this argument is that his points are far too board. What makes America great is that it offers a wide range of options and is the land of the plenty. In America you can buy a color TV at extremely reasonable or cheap price and the same could be said about a car as well. I know from personal experience when I was searching for my first car that there were cars on the market that could get someone from point A to point B at around two thousand dollars. Although one can make the claim that two thousand dollars is a lot of money especially for someone that is poor, America has made the purchase of these technologies an absolute necessity to have. Whenever I applied for a job one of the first questions ever asked was “Do you own a car?” Or “Do you have reliable transportation.” If I were to say no to any of those questions the chances of me getting the job would be

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