The Between Rich And Poor Social Classes

1433 WordsNov 30, 20156 Pages
British novelist Benjamin Disraeli once wrote: “There are two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other 's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by a different breeding, are fed by a different food, are ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same laws … the rich and the poor.” A description of industrial England during 1845. However, these words could easily be applied to modern America. “Social mobility has been sliding in the United States. Within the past decade, there has been a growing gap between rich and poor social classes. A poor kid in America now has about the same chance of becoming a rich grown-up as in socially rigid England" (Ferguson). Moreover, this fear of an increasingly socially rigid America has inspired several reforms to take place. Most notably, higher minimum wages, in an effort "to reduce household poverty [...] to protect unions from low-wage competition, and to promote social justice and other normative/ideological goals” (Kaufman), which are all important attributes for a socially elastic society. To exemplify this, last year the highest minimum wage in American history was passed. Enter Seattle, “Members of the Seattle City Council recently voted unanimously, nine to zip to increase the minimum wage from $9.32 to $15. That’s a 60 percent increase” (Bustamante) in an effort to
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