Political Ideology and Social Problem Analysis

1944 WordsJun 22, 20188 Pages
Abramovitz (2003) states, “To a large extent, the history of social services and social welfare policy consists of the evolving recognition of social needs and the organization of society to meet them” (p. 130). The United States has the highest rates of poverty in the Western world; surprisingly the United States is the richest nation in the world. In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson introduced the War on Poverty. His approach was to expand the government’s role in the citizen’s education and health care, which in return would ensure that Americans had the most basic resources to meet their needs. Although there has been a one third decline in poverty since 1967, America continues to struggle to maintain the most basic necessities to…show more content…
Conservatives are not concerned with the offender and why they chose to act a certain way. Conservatives believe that there should be more religion in government policy. Majority of Conservative views are based on religion. Liberal (The Left) Liberals are known for their “bleeding hearts,” they want to help everyone, especially those in poverty. Liberals believe being poor is not an individual decision, but from outside conditions that have affected the individual. Liberals accepts the concepts of a free market and acknowledge that there will always be inequity. Lewis & Winderquist (2002) state, “Liberals contend that inadequate demand for labor and low human capital often force individuals into unemployment and poverty.” Due to these circumstances Liberals view the government intervening as necessary. Liberals, alongside Conservatives believe that education is imperative to successfully transitioning into the economy. Liberals thrive for higher education for the marginalized individuals. Liberals believe that with higher education, unemployed or marginalized citizens are able to compete for higher paying jobs which will remove them from their current economic status over time. This in return promotes individual enhancement and eventually large social change. Liberals are all for community development and change programs. They want the disenfranchised to thrive in society. They want to provide resources and referrals for those in need. Liberals belief is that
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