The Cause Of Poverty In The United States

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the official poverty rate last year in the United States was fourteen and a half percent [1]. Poverty is a huge problem in America. Many people believe that raising the minimum wage is the best solution to poverty. But actually, the gateway to ending poverty is through education. These days, millions of Americans live on paycheck-to-paycheck. Living paycheck-to-paycheck is defined as being unable to meet financial obligations if unemployed because his or her salary is predominantly devoted to expenses (“Paycheck-To-Paycheck”) [5]. Therefore to live a comfortable life, a person needs these three key contributing factors. A college degree, a support group, and proper budgeting are the three key contributing …show more content…
Poverty is defined as the state of having little or no money, goods, or means of support (Dictionary) [6]. People live in poverty because they lack the three contributing factors. Lacking the right support can lead to dropping out of school and having children at an early age which in turn increase the chances of long-term poverty. Most people drop out of school because they do not receive the support that they need to encourage the person to achieve success. This is a big problem because most work forces require some sort of college education. When a person cannot find a job they become unmotivated and their social economic life stay at where it is. When a person becomes unmotivated, one fail will lead to another. And when someone who have “failed life” have children, their children go through the same process because they too would lack the motivation needed to achieve success in life and they would not have anyone to look up to. This is what makes poverty a continuous cycle. David Shipler, the author of the national bestseller The Working Poor: Invisible in America once said in his book The Working Poor that, “poverty is a peculiar, insidious thing: a cause whose effect then cause the original cause, or an effect whose causes are caused by the effect (Shipler….) [9] The Working Poor: Invisible in America follows the lives of many hard working minimum wage workers who are striving to make …show more content…
But most people do not realize the importance of education until it is too late. By the time a person realize the importance of education that person might already have children or they have other things going on in their lives. Parents must encourage their kids to achieve success in life. The only way to achieve success it through education. These days, the top paying occupations requires a college degree. College education plays a major role in today’s workforce. These days people are hired base on their education level not by their skill level. For instance, in the book The Working Poor by David Shipler, Caroline Payne talks about not getting a job because she did not have the necessary education required to be able to perform the required duties. She recalled, “I searched intensively for good office jobs, applied for one after another, and heard nothing. I would call to find out why. Again and again, I would be told that another candidate had a college degree” (Shipler 57). Having a college degree opens many job opportunities. It is estimated that by 2018, sixty three percent of job openings will require some college education (Carnevale, Smith, and Strohl 13) [3]. People without some college education will have a hard time finding a job. Not only does going to college increases the chance of getting a job, it also increases the chance of getting a decent pay. In 2013, the average

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