Combating Poverty in America: Time For a Change

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President Johnson is well known for making major policy reform in order to combat poverty. Welfare, a social program designed to combat poverty, has been a controversial issue for many years and has been reformed under the Clinton and Bush administrations. In 1996 President Bill Clinton brought welfare reform to congress with help from the Republican Party. Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole led the reform action. President Clinton vetoed the first two bills presented, but later proposed a third version that was enacted. Food stamps, child care, and Medicaid were all revamped. Food stamps were issued and controlled at the state level. Within the bill childcare was strengthen for the poor and Medicaid was maintained. There were strict…show more content…
60% of our Federal Budget is on entitlement programs. Money distribution to solve the poverty issue is not the right answer. In the history of entitlements calculations had benefits included. Today this is not the case. Therefore a comparison to poverty in the past v. future is invalid. U.S calculation is based on consumption rather than an honest working income and contribution to society. The solution to the problem would be to analyze the social income poverty level. If everyone in the country got rich there would still be a poverty level based on the issue of inequality. To put it in perspective, a study done by Branco Milanovic, a Lead Economist in the World Bank research group concluded that the U.S. poorest 5% is richer than 95% of all Indians, 85% of Chinese, and 55% of Brazilians (4). We are living at a much higher standard than we did in the past; internet, dishwashers, microwaves, and housing. This leads me to believe poverty is a social issue. Although I may think that Poverty is more of a social issue than a government issue it does not negate the fact that there is a Federal definition for poverty. Factors that contribute to the increasing poverty level are unskilled patrons, slow economic growth, inequality or single parent families. How do we combat this issue from a social and political standpoint? Our government has resorted to entitlements such as welfare in attempts to lower the numbers. It has been assessed by
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