Inequality In America

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If a survey were conducted to determine Americans’ biggest worries, most respondents would certainly say it is finances, because America has classes, and the most pronounced ones are based on economic status. The country is resident to a few super rich individuals who can afford almost anything with a financial value. At the same time, there are many who run their lives on perpetual fear of drowning in the whirlpool of poverty. Writer such as Barbare Ehrenreich, in her essay "Serving in Florida", suggest low income lead Americans to struggle in the poor life condition even forced into taking one more odd jobs. In Kathleen R. Arnold essay "From American 's New Working Class", depicts those people earning below the minimum wage rely on federal …show more content…
These Americans live a day at a time with little improvement to their situation over time. Therefore, the country seemingly transverses two worlds with contradicting conditions, the gap between the rich and the poor is wide and this keeps getting worse with time and the poor are left to rely on a myriad of rather pitiful means to survive an extra day which indicate the social Inequality along in our society.
Many Americans are often forced to take two jobs to be able to survive through life hustles. Yet, this has a significant impact on other aspects of an individual’s life. The physical and psychological strain resulting from working two jobs do little good to personal health. Ehrenreich claims in her essay “Serving in Florida”, one can choose to work for a cumulative fourteen hours since anything less proves not to be enough to make ends meet (278). That would mean lack of enough sleep and the health problems that come with it and she writes
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Fixing wage gap would ensure that people could survive on earnings from one job instead of multiple ones. College graduates need to be encouraged to take up some professional jobs rather than choose for multiple ones that couldn 't even offer security even during the economic recession. The risk is worth the opportunity for career advancement and professional growth. In Don Peck 's essay “Generation R: The Changing Fortunes of Americana 's Youth”, he states, “Most of the people interviewed in these stories seem merely to be trying to stay positive and make the best of a bad situation. They note that 's a good time to reevaluate career choices” (300). Those new graduated feel that jobs requiring less professional qualifications are less likely to feel the effects of economic cycles. But the truth is the economic may never recovery, which means taking up jobs that seem more susceptible to poor economic cycles because when they start work in a particularly low level job or unsexy career, it 's easy for other employers to dismiss them as having low potential. Moving up, or moving on to something different and better, becomes more difficult.(301) It results in stagnation in economic status much worse, as there is little chance for professional betterment. Sticking to odd jobs in the name of reevaluating one’s career path unluckily heralds generations of low-income

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