The government should set up work programs for these people to help them get better jobs and make enough money to survive. The politicians in Washington D.C. and all over the U.S. want nothing more than to cut back on government funding for the people in poverty. The government doesn’t believe that most of the people actually need this money from AFDC. They can’t get it because they don’t meet the proper criteria set by the government. Either they’re not poor enough, they’re not poor in the right way ‘ or they need the money for the wrong reasons.
The method in which welfare is being reformed, including, but not limited to forcing people to survive off unlivable minimum wages and instituting harmful qualifications in order to receive welfare aid, is not an effective means of helping the impoverished. This has been true for about the past decade. Working for minimum wage does not provide a sufficient amount of income to survive. In addition, welfare now has qualifications that are harmful for those in need of support. Welfare reform is not on the right track to improve lives and is only going to exacerbate the terrible living situations of the penniless.
Paul Krugman: “America Must Redeclare the War on Poverty” Krugman states “poverty in early childhood is like poison to the brain”. Many children experience the effects of poverty such as unhealthy levels of stress, thus making it harder to escape poverty. Since the war on poverty was abandoned approximately forty years ago and the government shifted its focus on the alleged abuses of welfare, the percentage of those in poverty has increased and is getting worse. When President Johnson declared the “war on poverty” forty four years ago there was a dramatic reduction of those affected by poverty. The increase in the percentage of people today in poverty should show the government something needs to be done and we should once again re-declare
For example, 14,000 kids have been positively affected by the Michigan Earned Income tax credit, but because it has been cut by 14%, low-income youth are unable to receive the benefits (kidscount). Youth in families that are receiving unemployment are affected because unemployment was cut from 26 weeks to 20 weeks and cash assistance has become more difficult to receive (kidscount). Poverty affects the youth in many ways, such as their family life and education. Many children are neglected in cases of low-income families. 32,500 children have been neglected in 2010, and in Ingham County 42 percent of children have been abused or neglected (milhs.org).
They also live for the moment (present gratification). Some sociologists say that these attitudes and values prevent people from escaping poverty. For example, the attitudes and values of the poor mean that many don't stay in education, so they can't use qualifications to escape from their poverty. Some sociologists criticise this explanation of poverty because although it shows how people in poverty might adapt to their situation, it doesn't explain why people are in poverty in the first place. Another explanation of poverty is the poverty cycle.
However, wealthy individuals can involve in the issue and try to assist these individuals. This approach can be a significant method to prevent us from paying higher taxes. Bykofsky also claims that the government should be the main provider to assist the homeless. He states that “If they want a job, but society is unable to provide a job, then government should provide money for food and shelter to be delivered through welfare or a workfare program” (Par 14). Bykofsky shows that homeless individuals are not lazy; they are willing to work; however, the society is not providing them with jobs.
I find it outrageous that we have spent millions of dollars for the well being of these children and to have mental care for them to not even do their job. In the 1970’s, mental illness and emotional disturbance in children was understood to be their form of disobedience. They thought that this behavior behavior was to be treated harshly with brutal and unjust punishment. At Gatesville in Texas, They were so worried about keeping the towns money in that they kept children for this purpose. It’s irrational of them to keep all of the staff when over half of the institutions populations were released just so that they can keep their jobs.
BSHS 345 January 26, 2015 Tawnie McMahan Reflective Paper Generational poverty is defined by a family that has been in poverty for over two generations. Poverty occurs when there is a large family; they usually have lots of children which takes more money to take care of the family but also more members to help take care of the adults who are aging. In generational poverty you don’t have things you have people. Education is one thing most kids in poverty do not finish. This is because sometimes the mothers need help to take care of the other children or even take care of household chores.
Many workin people have no choice but, to live in poor living arrangments. According to the New York Times, “if minimum wage was raised it would cause workers to get a pay raise and others to get fired(2). I agree that workers should be entitled to a pay raise as the cost of living is very high. Some workers find housing away from where they work because the cost of living in nearby cities having to travel often makes it impossible for the minimum wage worker to find stable permante
Stereotypes reduce individuals to categories based on real or imagined differences between groups; most of the stereotypes are not even close to being true. Other ways we can make a difference is to reduce roadblocks to eligibility and access to more state and federal programs such as, unemployment benefits, food stamps, healthcare programs, minimum wage should be adjusted. We need more programs and services that could make life more manageable for families for example, Housing first program also known as supportive housing, they provide services to individuals who are homeless and also provide them with healthcare, counseling, not to mention helping them to receive benefits to pay rent and teach them how to start providing for themselves, they have a 80%-90% percent success rate. We need to have a stronger employment growth, lower taxes, more flexible labor policies, and stimulate businesses to hire and improve job