Poverty In The United States: Policy Analysis

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The U.S. is highly respected and is always associated with greatness. The illusion of prosperity overshadows a critical issue which is often ignored and that issue is poverty. In 2014, there were about 47 million people in America living in poverty, 16 million being children. What exactly is poverty? The state or condition of having a little or no money, goods, or means of support. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, it is less than $11,770 for one individual and $24,250 for a family of four. . Poverty is very important, our main goal is to end poverty but unfortunately over the years it has not been successful. So, our purpose is to at least lower the high numbers in statistics. To get out of poverty, America needs…show more content…
With such a low minimum wage of 7.25 most people must obtain a second job just to get by. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 in most states today. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 could help more than four million people get out poverty. Getting paid at 10.10 would definitely be a well-paying job for most of the Americans. According to Sasha Abramsky’s article, “America’s Shameful Poverty Stats”, our poverty numbers have risen to such a high level exposes the fact that as a society, we are choosing to ignore the needs of millions of Americans. I agree what Sasha Ambramsky is saying, and as an American I think people take this as a minor issue and not realize it is a major issue. I believe in making progress and that’s what we should do. By raising the minimum wage, this will have an positive effect of American…show more content…
I completely agree with this statement. It has gotten so hard to have a better living condition with this figure as well. More than it is so competitive to get a job that is willing to pay that much. People have jobs, but due to the minimum wage their pay is low, that barely meets the basic needs. People living in poverty do not have money for food, shelter, clothing, and health care, so we must create a better living condition. So raising the minimum wage for each person in the household will have a positive effect on the American people and it will create a better living condition for
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