The Pros And Cons Of Child Poverty

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Ronald Reagan once said, "We fought a war on poverty and poverty won" (Edelman).
With 15% of the population now considered poor, it is tempting to believe that he was right
(Edelman). Global poverty did not occur randomly. Military conquest, slavery, colonization, the seizure of land, minerals, and forced labor are all reasons that poverty began. Unfair debt, trade, and tax policies were imposed on the nations of the global South by the rich nations of the North.
Because of these, poverty has persisted to the present day. The organization World Vision is helping to fight this injustice by responding to devastating disasters and supplying under-served communities with new school supplies, backpacks, and clothing. Poverty has been a worldwide
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With young adults aged 18 to 24 being more likely to be poorer than others, one might believe that the world is losing a generation. Nearly one in five children live in poverty (Potts).
The United States has the highest rate of child poverty, making children the poorest demographic group. Most people are more likely to dip below the poverty line if they experienced poverty as a child. The child poverty prescription is investing in policies and programs that work. Even simply filing annual tax returns helps to reduce child poverty and improve the health of children.
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"Poverty is a disease that we can 't ignore and it is poisoning our children" (Dreyer). The Special
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) improve education, health, success, and willingness to learn. Protecting and expanding nutrition programs like WIC and SNAP can benefit those in poverty. Increasing access to affordable, high-quality child care is another way to decrease poverty. Child care is only accessible to low-income families with children under the age of 13
(Dreyer). Funding limits the number that can be helped to one in five children who are able
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There are many programs that help people who are in poverty and also help to keep people out of poverty.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, poverty would be double its current number without the help of these programs. So, one might ask "Why have we not achieved more if these programs and organizations are said to be helping?" There are four major reasons for the lack of achievement. The first reason is low wage jobs. There are not enough jobs, that offer a decent wage, to keep everyone out of poverty. The issue of low wage jobs is not current, it has been a problem that has lasted for the past 40 years (Edelman). One third of the population struggles every month to pay what is needed (Edelman). The disappearance of cash assistance for low income mothers and children is the second and most extreme reason for the increase in poverty (Edelman). Welfare systems and food stamps have been the thing that people in poverty have come to rely on. The third reason for poverty is issues of race and gender. This means that
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