Critical Review The Working Poor: Invisible in America David K. Shipler is a book that could be most accurately described as eye-opening. Shipler opens up the book on his claim that “nobody who works hard should be poor in America.” America is built upon the idea that the harder one works, the better off one will be. Shipler then goes on to explain how the poor, often times, work the hardest jobs and are put into the worse conditions, but still do not grow to become the most successful. Using their lives as examples, Shipler illustrates the struggles the working poor face while attempting to escape poverty.
As a reader reads Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Nickel and Dimed on (Not) Getting by in America, they get an insight on what it is like to live a low income life. Ehrenreich proposes the argument in the introduction that poverty is a serious matter and just because one has a job does not mean they are not considered poor. She wants to persuade us to realize that American is not the land of opportunity as promised and portrayed and there are regular people who are struggling to live a comfortable life. Throughout her book she mentions her experiences with living on minimum wage, the hiring process, and how she felt being put in that position. After reading Ehrenreich’s book I am thoroughly persuaded.
The saying for Texas is “everything is bigger in Texas”. Most Americans see Texas as a thriving state with large areas of land, big homes, and big incomes. This reality may be true for some Texans, but not the majority. Texas actually leads in the rankings for poverty. “As of January 22, 2015, Politifact Texas listed on their website that Texas has increased in the poverty rates from 15.1 percent to 17.5 percent.”
Poverty can be defined as a lack of material resources to meet the human needs and be able to live comfortably. Also, the economy of a country can be affected by international factors and internal factors. However, to define what is poverty, we must first analyze the socio-economic part of each region to see the lifestyle that predominates population. In social stratification, it is defined as the division of the people who make up a society in different groups arranged hierarchically. As a result, the poverty rate in the United States has increased in recent years.
Summary According to Dictionary.com, poverty is defined as the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; also known as a condition of being poor (Dictionary). In the article, “The State of Poverty in America,” written by a renowned lawyer and author, Peter Edelman, the issue of poverty and the extent of how widespread it has domestically become is redundant throughout. Within his writing, he explains in great detail how poverty is a deeply rooted problem that society faces in two ways, as well as the longtime affects of the troubles and hardships poor people experience every day. The first way poverty is categorized is when people consistently work long and hard hours for a job that is very low-waged with no benefits.
What is it like to live in the United States of America and still live in poverty? Poverty is a state of deprivation. One lives in poverty because he/she lacks the usual acceptable amount of money to eat a proper meal; dress in ordinary fashion, much more to be in extraordinary fashion, that we call “name brand,” or live in a warm house that we call a home. The United States of America is a federal republic consists of fifty states.
There are many ways to define poverty. Poverty is a state of being poor and not possessing enough means to survive financially. Although some people live a poor lifestyle, they have a rich person’s attitude. This can cause many problems and ruin their life. They will always want something that they cannot have, so some people will scam, steal, and kill to get what they want.
Poverty is a major issue in the U.S. and the world today. The way people see poverty can mean a lot of different things like: no shelter, being hungry, lack of education, lack of healthcare, being sick, no job, and no clean water. Some people see poverty as the homeless people out on the streets. But did you know that most poverty people live in apartments and homes not just on the streets. The real definition of poverty is extremely poor.
There are many causes for poverty in America. According to Pusuegod.org, the common causes of poverty are “poor economy, drug use and lack of education”. In addition, debts and medical expenses. Having a poor economy can ruin people’s life because people depend on the economy. When the economy goes down people have limited resources and may have to ration out their food and money.
Poverty still occurs across the modern world which we live in nowadays. While the majority of people would relate the word poverty with less developed countries the truth is that poverty is to be found everywhere you look. Yet the term, poverty, is brought up to discussion. Because would you consider yourself poor even though you didn’t know the better scenario existed? And isn’t it sometimes enough just to have a bed to sleep in, food to eat and people around who love you?