"All humans are members of the same body Created from one essence"

"Human beings are members of a whole in creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain."

Friday, 4 February 2011


Wealth is concentrated in a small percent age of the population. The United States is characterized by social stratification which means social classes. According to Henslin (2009), the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans own 70 percent of the nation’s wealth. And the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans owns 33 percent of the nation’s wealth (199).

The distribution of wealth and income is highly unequal in the American society.

Paul Samuelson, the economist, said: “If we made an income pyramid out of a child’s blocks, with each layer portraying $500 of income, the peak would be far higher than Mount Everest, but most people would be within a few feet of the ground” (Samuelson and Nordhaus 2005, as cited in Henslin, 2009, p. 199).

Why poverty continues to exist in the United States?

Have government attempts to reduce poverty been successful?

What are some things the federal government could do to help individuals and families improve their socioeconomic status?

The official measure of poverty calculated to include incomes that are less than three times a low-cost food budget (Henslin, 2009, p. G6). The poverty line is the level income that the government considers sufficient to meet basic requirements of clothing, food, and shelter. In 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau said that in 2007, 37.3 million people lived in poverty (Policy Debate Topic, 2009-2010).

Who are the poor?

1. 59 million Americans live in rural areas. Therefore, people who live in rural areas have a higher chance of poverty than people who live in urban areas.

2. The rural poor are less educated and they have more chance to find one-parent families and large-size families.

3. In rural areas, there is a high unemployement and work tend to be seasonal and people get low wages.

The Cycle of Poverty

1. Poor family with young children

2. They have less money for survival

3. Children drop out of school

4. Teenagers have more chance to bear children at a young age

5. Families have more children

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