The Poverty Of The United States

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Poverty defined by the American Heritage Dictionary is “lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts” (Hirokazu Yoshikawa, 2012). Poverty in the United States is an issue that is often times overlooked because the focus of poverty is on developing and struggling countries. People often think America does not experience poverty because it is such a thriving country. The problem with this is that America is indeed struggling with poverty: “there are currently 488 counties in America where twenty percent of the population has lived below the poverty line for the past thirty years or more” (Clyburn, 2014, p. 1). Utilitarian ethics supports the idea to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. In this case, the greatest good for the greatest number of people would be to stop poverty in the United States. The causes of poverty include: lack of jobs, lack of education, and overpopulation. The reasons are linked to government policies and the way the officials handle situations.
Poverty in America may not be as bad as some countries, yet it is time people focus on solving this before it gets out of hand. It is necessary to look at utilitarian ethics when talking about poverty because the greatest good is that poverty is fixed. Solving poverty would relieve many issues within the United States. Crime rates will lower, diseases and illnesses will decrease, and the world will be a better place. To solve poverty it is important to look at the causes. Some

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