An Imbalance Between Rich And Poor Is The Oldest And Most Fatal Ailment Of All Republics

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“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” – Plutarch, Greek historian Currently in the United States, there are over 16 million children growing up in poverty. Children that live in poverty are more likely to be absent from school and have a higher dropout rate than those who come from families with higher incomes. Children that live beneath the poverty line are more likely to have learning disabilities, developmental delays, and behavioral problems. These are just a few disadvantages of the hundreds that children living in poverty deal with on a day to day basis. There are ways to help these children in poverty, that is the extension of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 improvements to the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit. The extension of this effective policy will ensure that parents and caregivers have the resources to support and nurture their children. The United States fell into a recession in December 2007 and it was the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was designed to help the economy recover and get out of the recession. ARRA was specifically designed to help American families and small businesses. The plan for this act was to redirect $260 billion in federal funding through unemployment benefits, tax cuts and tax credits. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was very successful and ended the recession

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