Economic Inequality In America

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POSC 100 PAPER #1 Inequality is an ongoing problem in America rather it be political or economic inequality. Despite the United States having the largest economy in the world, the major issue with inequality is that wealthy Americans and politicians have a better likelihood to influence policies and agendas as opposed to the average American. Due to this matter, economic inequality directly leads to political inequality. This paper will discuss the reality of economic inequality in the United States, the relationship between economic and social inequality, and how social movements affect change in the economic and political system. The reality of economic inequality in the U.S. is that 46.2 million people live below the poverty line. Because…show more content…
Groups that typically affect politics with their status include lobbyists, interest groups, and PACS. These groups try to influence the behavior of public officials such as the president, members of congress, bureaucrats, and judges but are often self-interested rather than interested in the public good. The channels these groups go through to affect change are often official and last for a while. Despite going through official channels, often wealthy individuals can affect politics by making campaign donations and bribery to use their wealth to affect policies and decisions. For example, former governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell was charged with illegally accepting gifts, vacations, and loans from a wealthy businessman who wanted special treatment from State government. Though they were caught, this kind of corruption happens more frequently and even in legal circumstances can be proof that economic status can lead to social inequality. The average person can contribute a vote to a politician, but on an individual level since they aren’t in a position to influence policies, the opinion of the common man remain…show more content…
The movement helped to end segregation in the South, and affected the ability for African Americans to vote. Before the movement the courts didn’t enforce the 14th and 15th amendment and blacks were separated by Jim Crow laws. Also blacks were unable to vote due to poll taxes, literacy tests, and violence by groups like the Ku Klux Klan. The civil rights movement changed the laws and the ways people perceived African Americans and primarily used civil disobedience, “occupations”, and boycotts. Today, affirmative action is used to call into action the government in favor of racial minorities. With these social movements growing, it is becoming clear that social movements influence social and economic
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