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The Impact Of The Poverty Trap In America

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There is a lot of talk in the news about the poverty trap in the world. Many civilians don’t fully understand what it means or what it is like to deal with poverty. The poverty trap is a spiraling mechanism that forces people to remain poor. It is so binding it doesn't allow the poor people to escape it. Poverty trap generally happens in developing and under-developing countries, but it is mainly caused by a lack of capital and credit to people such as China and South Africa. But many question if it is a problem in the United States of America.
More and more Americans are applying for and receiving Medicaid and food stamps. It is becoming a problem in the United States because American who need to provide for their families are working minimum wage jobs or under minimum wage jobs. Per David K. Shipler “Poverty is everlasting and it’s everywhere” in his book “The Working Poor”. Poverty is becoming an issue in America because people think they don’t have to go to college and get a degree, so they go out and get a low paying job, get free health care and food. Medicaid is a federal system of health insurance for those requiring financial assistance not those who want to live off the government forever.
The poverty trap needs to be addressed here in America because the things like health care and food stamps that the federal government provides isn’t for “poor” people to live off. It is for the people who really need help and are trying to get back on their feet to support
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