Alternatively, There Are Those Arguments That Individuals

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Alternatively, there are those arguments that individuals make that are based on opinions, yet if backed by facts have the ability to substantiate solid reasoning for the conclusion drawn as demonstrated in the example of the story “On Turning Poverty into an American Crime”. Overall, “On Turning Poverty into an American Crime” written by Barbara Ehrenreich is based on a piece from the writing of “How the Safety Net Became a Dragnet from August 09, 2011” which elaborates on how bad poverty has become in America. Barbara Ehrenreich opens up this writing in one’s opinion, with a very powerful opinion, which is stated as a thesis as Marlys Mayfield writes, “The most shocking thing I learned from my research on the fate of the working poor in…show more content…
Barbara utilizes expert opinions quoting them as if to demonstrate how the government tries to justify this as criminal behavior and how it is on the increase. In paragraph three, Marlys Mayfield writes Barbara Ehrenreich quoting a Florida city attorney from St. Petersburg stating in June of 2009 of how urban officials brag, “If you’re lying on a sidewalk, whether you’re homeless or a millionaire, you’re in violation of the ordinance.” (Mayfield, 2014, pg. 188). Barbara further elaborates with providing facts from the National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness as Marlys Mayfield writes, “So concludes a recent study from the National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness, which finds that the number of ordinances against the publicly poor has been rising since 2006, along with the harassment of the poor for more “neutral” infractions like jaywalking, littering, or carrying an open container.” (Mayfield, 2014, pg. 189). The facts that Barbara offers are both based on factual information as well as observations and experiences that individuals have lived through. Barbara offers more statistics that include cities that are taking various approaches to homeless such as, Colorado potentially eliminating the right to ask for help and Arizona’s attempt of a more than three day shutdown of individual’s who seem not to need assistance, but are trying to receive it (Mayfield,
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