This gap has led to the decreasing of education’s quality, and the inequality in residents’ income. Income inequality has put the United States in bad shape. Because of this unfairness, the rich are getting richer whereas the rest are struggling to survive. According to Robert Frank, a New York Times writer, excessive spending by the wealthy has “made it even more expensive for middle-class families to achieve basic financial goals” (Frank; 582). The squeezed society’s neglecting of investment has put both the rich and the poor in a society with low quality infrastructure.
With inflation comes rising cost and lower income families’ resulting in higher numbers of welfare recipients. In the United States the income distribution arrangement is extremely unusual from that of a third world nation, whereas, a small number of families may be very affluent while a majority of families are very deprived. Most distressing is the modification in income distribution. In our society, the underprivileged do not profit from the increased prosperity of our country. Low income families and high income families consist of an extensive income difference.
It has been said that poverty results to powerlessness and inequality. Although absolute equality in the society is impossible to achieve, especially considering the fact that a society must not try to distribute all of its resources equally (Levitan, 1990), the prevalence of poverty has caused numerous problems. It has been said that extreme poverty is very common as it afflicts as much as 23 percent of the total population of the world. There are citizens living in the regions of East Asia, Africa, and South America who experience extreme income poverty, or those who earn USD 1 a day or less. Absolute poverty on the other hand has been said to prevail in Sub-Saharan African region with 300 million of people suffering from it.
Modern Britain a Divided Society Britain a divided society? Definitely! Despite so-called progress in the last 50 years we remain a socially, economically, religiously, educationally and politically divided society. In our attempts to improve the lot of the poorest socially disadvantaged people in our society we have evolved a benefits and support system that has not helped them to become self-sufficient or promoted the values and qualities of determination, hard work and entrepreneurial spirit that exists throughout our population. The rich are penalized for their contribution to the economy through high tax.
Based upon social class and political power in public policy, the United States has proven to be a nation where the economy, society, and political system do not function in the same way for all of its citizens, and everybody works for the benefit of the few, and against the interest of the many. Professors Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson argued in their book, “Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer – and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class” (2010), that changing tax rates has been a major factor underlying growing inequality. They claim that the globalization and technological changes are not the causes of economic struggles of the middle and working classes in the United States. Instead they blame a long series of policy changes in government that significantly favored the very rich since the late 1970s. Those changes were the result of, well-financed and well-organized efforts by the corporate sector to push government policies to lean in favor of the very wealthy.
On of Hardin’s big concerns is the rate of reproduction – the fact that rich, first-world countries have a much lower birth rate than poor, third-world countries. In your opinion, do you think this is an important consideration? Why or why not? Yes I do, because if you do look around the world there is so much overpopulation taking place. Most of this overpopulation is taking place in poor countries where poverty is running rampant.
In his article, “Keeping the Dream Alive,” Meacham mentions this issue in today’s economy. “The widening gap between the rich and the poor suggests the dream is becoming more elusive for more people than at any other time in our history” (Meacham 6). Income inequality has grown significantly since the 1970’s in America, widening the gap between the rich and the poor, resulting in shrinkage of the middle class. “PARADE surveyed more than 2,200 Americans, 84% describe themselves as belonging to the middle class…by international standards, they live a life of prosperity. Yet behind this prosperity is a growing unease... 39% have had cuts in their overtime, raises or bonuses… 47% say that no matter how hard they work, they cannot get ahead.
To conclude, black people all over the world, wherever they live were for a long time victim of racism for their skin color. People treated them badly only because they had a darker skin color, forgetting that that we are all humans and the color of our skins an where we come from doesn’t indicate our personalities and beliefs. Black in America suffered a lot for reason of racism and went through the hard ships and difficulties
According to Gallup, the lack of good jobs in America is a greater problem than the inefficient healthcare costs, runaway government spending, and even global terrorism. The lack of good jobs is a poignant crisis in America today, and is making our nation bankrupt. When GDP is up, there are more jobs in a nation, resulting in better welfare. This is why GDP is so important to the welfare of its citizens. GDP is the sum of all goods and services produced in a country during a year (Ferrell).