Essay on Poverty and Personal Choice

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Do the poor in this country have a choice not to be poor? Do the less fortunate have the same access to opportunities as the middle and upper classes? Do government programs designed to help the impoverished actually keep them in the lower ranks? These are all difficult and controversial questions. Conservatives and Liberals constantly battle over these issues in our state and federal governments. Local and national news media provide limited insight to the root causes and effects of the nation’s poor. There is obviously no simple solution to resolve the plight of these often forgotten citizens. Most of us associate poor as being in a class below the poverty line. In fact there are many levels of poverty ranging from those with …show more content…
I feel safe to assume these families are also choosing not to use birth control. Again, this would seem to be an unwise personal choice considering the lack of family planning can and does result in unexpected pregnancies and births. Combine the staggering rate of divorce that leave many families with a single head of household, and it becomes clear the poor are contributing to their own problem. How does one who can barely afford their own living expense justify adding more burden to an already heavy load?
Growing up in a poor family from a low income neighborhood does place immediate challenges on our nation’s youth. Being born into this class is not the choice of the child, but they are none the less faced with an uphill battle. These children must compete in an environment that suburban and higher social class children often don’t. Lower income and poor neighborhood families face nutrition issues, sub-standard education, crime and pollution. All of which their distant middle and upper class peers seldom see. With limited resources, these underprivileged children must work harder and strive more to succeed. Stories from Rereading America echo this in a number of samples. Anyon’s “Social Class” exposed education problems based on income levels. Rodriguez’ “The Achievement of Desire” showed how he rose above his…