Poverty Is The State Of Being Extremely Poor

1205 Words May 24th, 2016 5 Pages
If you are to ask an American, “What are some significant issues occurring in the United States today?”, their response would probably be something predictable like: taxes are way too high; over-standardization of education; obamacare ;or interest rate on credit cards. But what about bigger issues like Poverty. Poverty is one that doesn’t really stick out to a lot of individuals, but it should be addressed. Poverty is the state of being extremely poor, but what does it mean to be poor? Poverty is the children who don’t have a home and children who go to bed hungry each and every night. Poverty is our friends and our neighbors who have to beg for money because they can’t afford to pay off their home payment. Poverty is in our backyards, it’s right here in America. America is the most prosperous country in history, yet 48 million Americans, about 15.9 percent of the American population, live below the poverty line. We are the "Land of Opportunity," so why are so many Americans and children still living in poverty?
Poverty is a very much complicated issue and finding a bulletpoint cause is nearly as complicated. Poor families are more likely to be headed by a parent who is young, single, has low educational attainment, is unemployed, and has low earnings potential. Inadequate education is a single cause of poverty and without an education a decent paying job is hard to attain. It is also directly related to the amount of money a person can potentially earn. Children who don’t…
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