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Poverty Essay

1036 words - 5 pages

Poverty
Jonathan Rojas
Professor Debra M. McCoy
Sociology 100
January 23, 2014

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We are fortunate to live in a country where those who work hard are able to achieve financial freedom. Others are not as fortunate to be able to achieve that same freedom, as a nation I believe we are capable of achieving a goal of eliminating or reducing the poverty level in our country. A way to help decrease poverty would be to guarantee shelter, education, food, clean water and healthcare. By providing assistance to those in need we are giving those individuals an opportunity to succeed. There are those that are oppose helping others and believe that ...view middle of the document...

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realize that every person that is rich has work very hard to be rich and to have all the things they have, when they realize that they have work hard they also realize that if poor people start working hard like they do they would not have to be in a poor situation, by the poor working hard they would be able to get out of poverty.” While it may seem like those who argue that working will reduce poverty there are those that argue that by providing assistance we will truly reduce the amount of individuals in poverty.
When we are born we do not have a choice about which life we choose to live. There is no path that is lay out before us or a coin that is flipped that allows you to choose the life that you will live. Those who are fortunate enough will live a lifestyle of glamour and privileged.
There is also the epitome question of whether or not government should help or step aside in assisting those in need of help. Receiving assistance from the government has helped millions provide food for their families. “Bringing down poverty by 40% is a big deal, and as Kevin Drum notes, the fact that poverty only ticked up slightly since the economy tanked in 2008 shows that the safety net has“significantly ameliorated a human catastrophe over the past five years.” According to the Columbia study, welfare programmes have also made a significant dent in child poverty and in “deep poverty”, the percentage of the population earning under 50% of the poverty line. Rates of deep poverty were around 5% for most of the period, but would have been triple or quadruple that figure without the welfare programmes.” The help that these people are receiving is improving or alleviating the stress that is involved trying to figure out where their next meal will come from.
There are those oppose of government assistance and would rather have those who need help dig themselves out of the hole that they are in and work harder and achieve financial...

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