The Poverty Of The United States Essay

2217 Words Apr 19th, 2016 9 Pages
According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2013, the official poverty rate was 14.5 percent. It may not seem like a staggering percentage, but in the end it does equate to 46.7 million Americans living below the poverty line (Ritzer 220). Since poverty has been a major increasing issue in the United States, what efforts have been made to stop it, or even slow it down? American society has become blind to what the lower class has to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, Linda Tirado, gives an applicable insight to the everyday struggles of the American lower class that connect with the issues described as a whole by George Ritzer in Introduction to Sociology. Many large-scale examples connect with Tirado’s ideas and experiences, however, the most important consist of poverty itself, employment, unemployment, underemployment, the feminization of poverty and the weaknesses in the U.S. health care system. These factors explain why poverty persists in the United States and could be the key issues stopping the United States from decreasing the ever-lasting poverty rate. To start, American’s acknowledge poverty, but cannot fully understand the importance it plays in society. Ritzer writes, “There is no question that poverty is a huge problem in the United States, but it is certainly far greater than most of us imagine” (Ritzer 221). It may not look like a problem from the comfy corner offices, but it is a whole different view…

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