Poverty in the United States

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Poverty is a state or condition in which a person or community lacks the financial resources and essentials to enjoy a minimum standard of living that is considered acceptable in society. In the next few paragraphs I will explain some of the causes of poverty, some consequences of poverty and I will recommend a solution to tackling long-term poverty in the United States
Explaining the causes of poverty is difficult because poverty itself is a very complex situation. The simple explanation of poverty blames the poor on their plight that they are poor because they failed to consider their future and only lived for the present. This notion also implies that poverty causes people to feel negative and hopeless about life and therefore lose the motivation to battle poverty. The more analytical explanation of poverty relates to middle class citizens who reside in urban cities. In cities like these, there is high competition for employment and as such it is very difficult to find adequate jobs. Considering that educated middle class citizens have difficulties in finding good jobs, one can only imagine what the inner-city poor go through in finding adequate jobs. Government funded welfare programs have also contributed to poverty as some poor people would rather receive payments from welfare programs rather than to take low paying jobs. This has caused debate over the effectiveness of the welfare program and whether it has encouraged poverty rather than fight it. Although Congress is

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