Politics and Poverty Essay

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Politics and Poverty

Today there is a split in American politics on how to combat poverty. Throughout history, how America combats poverty has changed depending on what party is running the government. There has been a number of different parties however, Republican, Democrat, The Bull Moose Party, and other various ones. However, these views can be put into two main categories: The Liberal ideology and the Conservative ideology.

There are three areas, which have broad and differing views on how to combat poverty. Those three being, Welfare, Social Security, and Taxes. The following arguments present how those different perspectives affect the poverty issue in America today.

Conservative Ideology

Conservatives generally go with the
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In other words, welfare was created to provide help to those who were poverty-stricken and to those who did not have a way to provide for themselves.

Welfare History

Liberals and conservatives have always had differing views on welfare. Welfare has been a controversial issue that has gone way back in history. From Reagan's administration in providing major cutbacks in welfare, to Clinton's Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act signed in 1996, which mandated a "work-first" approach to assistance, established lifetime time limits on aid, and many other events that show us how welfare has been and still is a major issue in America today.

Conservative v Liberal Perspectives

Conservatives generally believe that the welfare system is broken. Generally, they do not want government intervention or regulation of the economy. They most generally believe reducing social welfare expenditures is the best way to go.

Charles Murray, a conservative political analyst suggests that "[t]he expansions in public welfare, […], led to disincentives to work, a corruption of values and thus welfare resulted in more welfare" (History of Welfare). In other words, welfare has brought even more problems, one of them being, dependency. Dependency is something most conservatives fear. If there is a
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