The Poverty Of Americ Why Can 't We End It Essay

1347 Words Feb 18th, 2016 null Page
People power wins occasionally, said Peter Edelman, author of “Poverty in America: Why Can’t We End It.” The citizens of the United States have the power to diminish poverty. Edelman states that the young people, of today’s age, who decide to participate in politics could have a positive effect on the lower class. Those in the lower class have to rise above and speak about their dire money crisis. Edelman makes an excellent point when he says that change has to start from the bottom up. Poverty has plagued the United States for multiple centuries. To this date there are nearly 46 million people, 15% of the population, in the U.S who are considered poor. The government began to track poverty rates in 1973, in which the U.S had 11.1% of its population in poverty; that rate was the lowest percentage ever recorded. The U.S has done a lot to prevent poverty rate from increasing; programs from Social Security to food stamps have keep millions of people out of poverty. However, the help these programs have offered has slowly dwindled; they do not have the power to wipe out poverty in its entirety. The help welfare, a program that provides money to families in need, has given has declined substantially. Poverty rates in the U.S has remained stagnant at a high rate. Single parent households and low wage incomes have contributed tremendously to these elevated rates. In the U.S, half of the jobs pay less than $34,000 annually. One-third of the nation’s working population makes less…

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