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Poverty In America Increasing

Updated on August 16, 2015
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Ms. Quick is an experienced writer for over 30 years, and a self-published author, including many other talents.

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The Stats - Poverty in America 2014

Poverty in America has been a problem since it was first founded, from the pilgrims landing on the Mayflower to the present. There really wasn’t a financial system or government in place back then. After many wars, the slavery institution and land conquests in America, America’s financial system and financial institutions were founded. However, many Americans still live below the poverty line and face many different affects from the disadvantages of poverty. I, myself, was born from a mother who lived in poverty, and was also living under the "poverty line" in 2014, which is under $11,344 a year.

According to Sasha Abramsky in the article America’s Shameful Poverty Stats in 2013 he stated, that "The current Population Survey data show that 15 percent of Americans, roughly 46.5 million people, live at or below the government-defined poverty line. Which as most who work with the hungry, the homeless, the uninsured, and the underpaid or unemployed know, is itself an inadequate measure of poverty. By more reasonable measures, poverty in this country is even more pervasive. The headline one can take away from this is that three years into the recovery from the collapse of 2008, poverty numbers haven’t really gone down. Almost all the additional wealth being generated by a growing economy is going to those who already have the most. Median income has stagnated and, for young people, it is continuing to go down".

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Affirmative Action Programs Helped Minorities and White Women

Former President Bill Clinton reaffirmed the federal government’s support for affirmative action in general, but called for the elimination of fixed racial quotas, and also recommended that affirmative action programs be temporary rather than permanent. In 1997, the state of California passed a law abolishing affirmative action programs in that state. Has affirmative action helped disadvantaged minorities and women to participate more fully in the American economy? Many studies have shown that affirmative action programs do help minorities and women to be hired and promoted. Depending on the industry studied, some research concludes that White women have benefited more than minorities, and other research suggests that minorities have benefited more than women, according to S. Jyotsna. In higher education, affirmative action programs helped more Blacks and other minorities to be admitted to colleges and universities.

Civil rights laws still need to be enacted and renewed in order to keep America thriving and receding into chaos. People who live in poverty cost the taxpayers a lot of money, while the people in government are reaping all of the benefits and income from their poverty. The people are crying out for change in the government. A democracy is supposed to include the people’s needs and benefits also.

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