A well governed society should be equipped with the resources to maintain, provide for, and foster the growth of its nation. With that being said, we should be ashamed of our own poverty and make a concerted effort to eliminate it. Even though there is no one solution to end poverty, we must first sweep the steps of our own back doors before venturing out to our neighbors’. Yes, it is unfortunate that the United States does not have the manpower or resources to supply all other nations in need, but it is an ugly reality that we must face. Just look at the streets of Brooklyn, New York, downtown Richmond, Virginia, the communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the inner city of Detroit Michigan. All of these are impoverished communities right here at home. The more logical task is for us, Americans, to be less concerned with Third World Countries and focus more on local poverty sweeping our nation. Although such a viewpoint may initially seem selfish, it could actually account for a stronger America that could, in turn, provide for a stronger and wealthier third world.
One must first start by defining poverty. Wikipedia states that poverty in the United States is a condition in which a person or community is deprived of or lacks the essentials for a minimum standard of well being and life. Based on President Lyndon Johnson’s measure, it is set at approximately three times the annual cost of a nutritionally adequate diet. It varies by family size and is updated yearly to reflect changes in the consumer price index. Currently, roughly 13 percent of the United States population falls below the federal poverty threshold. It should be noted that poverty rates only provide a snap-shot of the percentage of persons who are currently poor. Poverty in the U.S. is like a cycle because, usually, no one person is impoverished his entire life. He may, however, fall below the poverty line and rise up at other times.
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