POVERTY IN AMERICA

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POVERTY IN AMERICA

Are we living the American dream? Is it better to be poor in America than anywhere else in the world? Those living in America are divided on these thoughts. Some argue that even the middle class of other countries are poorer than the poor in America. This argument argues that those that are poor made poor decisions leading up to it. One conservative economist believes that this poor people made a decision to drop out of school, or get divorced or are not willing to acquire the right skills. The video looks at different people and their lifestyles and those affected explain that most times, the situations are beyond their control. Somehow they put the best in their jobs and work hard but nothing seems to change, even when they work more jobs. The utilities like gas, food, electricity and the phone bills are sometimes too expensive to be afforded. Some of these families survive on food stamps from the government, living in shelters or living with family. Each day they have to struggle with low paying jobs and managing the little that they earn. Comfort and holidays for this group is a faraway thought.

The debate rages on but a fact remains, that the American dream still needs work to be achieved. Once known as the land of opportunities for other countries, it now has to struggle with providing those same opportunities for its own citizens. The affected are optimistic though and believe that someday they will be able to dig themselves out of their current situations. There is hope because statistics reveal that being poor in America at this decade is far much better than being poor in America in the past, whose poor were characterized by hunger and near starvation, poor living and working conditions.