Poverty Is A Problem Of Poverty

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“Poverty is hunger. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom” (World Bank, 2009). People all over the world, from different backgrounds, races, ages, and genders experience the horrible conditions of poverty. Living day by day on little to nothing, food insecurity, and having almost no one to be their voice to strike change is just the minimum of what the impoverished experience. This issue continues to grow and little to none is being done about this global social problem.
Poverty is defined as the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions (Duignan, 2011). People bound by the chains of poverty live on less than $2.50 a day which is drastically low from the average American. In 2013, there were 45.3 million people in poverty. This is up from 37.3 million in 2007. The number of poor people is near the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty statistics have been published (DeNavas-Walt 2014, p.20). For the amount of people in poverty to shoot up to 45.3 million which is extremely close to 46.5 million, the amount of people in poverty in 2012 which is the largest number in all the years of published poverty statistics, is saddening and ridiculous. But, in 2014, the population surpasses the largest number with 46.7 million people in poverty. Why do these numbers continue to increase?
There are many factors that…

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