The Last Cause Of Poverty

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After budget cuts and changes to social welfare programs, it’s not surprising that poverty appears to be increasing and the cycle of poverty continues to transfer from one generation to the next due to the decrease and lack of resources needed for their well-being, such as education, adequate housing and financial and social capital. There are American social values that determine how poverty is understood. Those living in poverty are deeply affected by the issue and over the years there has been various opinions on the cause of poverty and proposed solutions of how to end the war on poverty. However, today poverty is still live and active in large numbers.
American social values such as individualism, equality, racism and group superiority,
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7). Poverty as a result of faulty public policy is another said cause of poverty, in which “jurisdiction’s public policies play an important role in determining poverty levels” (Raphael, 2013, p. 7). The jurisdiction “focus is upon issues of employment security, wages, tax policy, and state provision of resources such as education, childcare, and health care,” and these characteristics interacting together along with public policies are what leads to poverty (Raphael, 2013, p. 8). The last cause of poverty is poverty as reflecting structural inequalities within society, the wealthy population unfairly profit at the expense of others that are financially deprived (Raphael, 2013, p. 8). According to Raphael (2013), the proposed solutions to poverty is to provide people with “greater educational opportunities and opportunities to learn employment skills, and for public policies to equalize the distribution of economic and other resources, and to balance inequalities in power” (p. 7-8). If liberal nations would commit themselves to promote equality like Nordic nations, instead of emphasizing on individual liberty which leads to denigration of people living in poverty, maybe that would help individuals, families and communities escape poverty (Raphael, 2013, p.
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