A Growing Problem That The United States Is Facing Is Poverty

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A growing problem that the United States is facing is poverty. Poverty affects around 46.5 million people in the United States. Poverty in America is decreasing according to the census “In 2013, the official poverty rate was 14.5 percent, down from 15.0 percent in 2012. This was the first decrease in the poverty rate since 2006.”("United States Census Bureau." 2015). One town in Pennsylvania shows an entirely different story though. For the town of Reading, Pennsylvania almost half of the population falls below the poverty line. Most of Americans view people in poverty as being lazy or unmotivated and there can be a universal solution to fix poverty. As a child that did not have to deal with the problems of poverty personally I also believed that there could be an easy or quick solution to fix all of these problems. Now that my family has experienced poverty first hand, I know that is not the case. The solutions that are in place currently are more of a band aid fix. What I mean by this is you deal with problems quickly but you have not fully resolved the root of the problem. This view of poverty also has been the belief historically. Tratner discuses that in the early 1800’s people who were poor were separated into two different groups the worthy and the unworthy. The worthy poor were mainly widowed women and orphans. The unworthy were deemed as drinkers, and people who were too lazy to work. The YouTube video that I watched was Faces of Poverty: Life at the Breaking Point

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