Social Income Inequality Essay

1146 Words Feb 27th, 2006 5 Pages
A major social problem in America today is its inequality of the distribution of income. "Income inequality refers to the gap between the rich and the poor. The United States has the most unequal income distribution in the industrialized world, and it is growing at a faster rate than any other industrialized country" (Eitzen & Leedham, pg. 37). The main reason as to why income is distributed so unequally is because of the gap between social classes. Each social class has a certain power, and that power is their economic ability to change society. The four major classes are the capitalists, managers, small entrepreneurs and the workers. A persons clothing, housing and educational opportunities usually depend on their class, but that …show more content…
52). Studies that look at income distribution show that the top five percent of the nation receive almost all the money in the nation (Feagin & Feagin, pg. 52). Even taking into consideration that the poor receive food stamps and Medicaid, these benefits are offset by the in-kind and tax benefits to the rich (Feagin & Feagin, pg. 53). There are many consequences of income inequality, which is the control and power it gives upper class people compared to those who earn less of an income. Those earning an income well above the poverty level tend to eat better nutritionally. As a result of a healthier lifestyle, they are less likely to get sick and may live longer than people below poverty level who can barely afford to eat. Even if those earning a great income do get sick, they not only have the money to pay for a doctor, but also the wide availability of seeing a great doctor. In poorer areas, when people get sick they usually can not afford a good doctor and end up waiting in line at a clinic for medical attention. Keeping up with technology is another problem that poorer families face. Their income is so limited that they can only buy the basic essentials needed to live such as food, clothing and housing. Not many of these households have computers, which are becoming more of a necessity these days to succeed and get things done quicker. The final relationship is between class, education and income. A good education is now seen

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