If I had the power to abolish poverty in the United States I would do it in a second. Abolishing poverty would be almost impossible because there are just too many poor people for one person to help to abolish poverty we must all work to help those who are poor get out of this condition.
There are two types of poor. There are people who are relatively poor and there are people who are absolutely poor. People who are relatively poor are poor compared to the people around them. These people usually only have the bare necessities to survive like food, clothing or shelter. They might even have a steady job but they just don't have any real wealth. In fact people who are relatively poor are usually in the lower 5% of the population in terms of wealth. People who live the state of absolute poverty cannot sustain a certain level of living. These people have a hard time getting money for food, clothing or shelter. People who are absolutely poor have rough time getting money to put food on the table one day and the next day they might not have any money to put food on the table.
Not all people who are relatively poor are absolutely poor, but, all people who are absolutely poor are relatively poor. These types of poor are found all throughout the world especially in underdeveloped countries. In the United States an advanced well-developed country both absolute and relative poverty are present throughout the country. I think that absolute poverty has no beneficial purposes to society. However, relative poverty does have beneficial functions. I think that relative poverty can make people competitive. It would do this because people always try to do better than the people around them.
This competitiveness might force people to work overtime or even two jobs in order to make more than the people around them. There are some major costs that both poverties have on society. These costs include. In areas of high poverty there are usually the same areas of high violence. A second cost to society might be that some people in poverty might become welfare dependent. This means that they rely solely on welfare to pay for everything and they don't even try to find a job of their own. These negative costs definitely outweigh the benefits.
If I had control of the poverty situation in the United States I would only try to eliminate absolute poverty. I first would raise the taxes of the rich and the upper middle class. Then I would raise the tax on alcohol and tobacco. Then I would do some refinancing of governments spending. With all the money that this creates I would setup cheap but nice government housing, government grocery stores and government clothing stores. Then I would setup a job training program that gives poor people government jobs. I would also send the best teachers to the ghetto schools. These programs will not work unless the poor work to get out of there citations.
I can invasion a society without absolute poverty and without relative poverty. In a society without absolute poverty everyone that could work would have a job. There would be little crime just a great place to live. In a society without relative poverty people would all have the same wealth there would be no competition to be better than anyone. This type of society is only possible in the imagination.
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