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FC: POVERTY photo: checks cashed. Jens Haas. date unknown. http://www.corbisimages.com

1: Poverty is on the rise in the United States. In 2010, over forty million people were in living in poverty. Some causes of poverty are the economic status and the actions and beliefs of those living in poverty. | Photo: stack of hundred dollar bills. image Source Corbis. date unknown. http://www.corbisimages.com

2: Growing up in a single parent home for some of my life, I have witnessed what it is like to struggle. It was like my mother performed magic, giving us what we needed and some of our wants. We may not have had everything but what was most important at that time, was each other. I do not see that sense of family or community anymore. It is no longer about society as a whole it is more focused on individuals and not what we can do together.

3: Photo: Father and son sitting together on park bench. Mike Kemp. Date unknown. http://www.corbisimages.com

4: Over the last several years, the number of those living in poverty has increased. Many say the cause is the recession. However, the recession did have a significant impact but I think those living in poverty are also at fault. Some focus on subjects that should not be a concern. Worrying about labels and if you have the hottest pair of shoes is not something you should be worried about if you are struggling to pay bills and feed your family. | Many now believe that the only way to make it in the United States is to be in the entertainment industry. Education has lost its value. College graduates are having difficulties finding employment while reality stars are earning a living by simply starting drama. photos: Fashionable Woman Looking at Clothes. Unlisted Images. Date unknown. http://www.corbisimages.com

5: The cost of living is steadily on the rise while many are making the same amount they were years before. The cost of food has increased significantly. It is more convenient for working parents to purchase fast food than to prepare a home cooked meal. photo: Broccoli in Fridge. Radius Images/Corbis. Date unknown. http://www.corbisimages.com

6: Photo: Modern kitchen. David Papazian. Date unknown. http://www.corbisimages.com

7: Both functionalist and conflict perspectives relate to the issue of poverty. The functionalist perspective shows how individual’s actions are being controlled. We see others in society wearing designer clothing, driving nice cars, living in expensive homes and want to be a part of that lifestyle. While it works for some many cannot afford to do so and go into debt. photo: Woman and Salesman with Car Brochure. Randy Farris. Date unknown. http://www.corbisimages.com | The conflict perspective shows how those in power are benefitting. Politicians can argue that this and that needs to be changed in order to be re-elected. Without those problems, there would be little need for them to take such large contributions to their campaigns. This perspective also shows the difference between the workers and the owners. The owners are complaining that there is not enough money yet somehow they are still making a profit and able to give those in higher positions bonuses and raises. photo: Hispanic voter standing in polling place. Hill street Studios. Date unknown. http://www.corbisimages.com

8: Photo: Baby girl (9-12 months) looking at toddler boy (12-15 months) on sofa with toys, side view. Juice Images. Date unknown. http://www.corbisimages.com | Poverty will continue to be an issue as long as there are those able to profit from those living in debt and if those living in poverty continue to make monetary decisions that are not beneficial to their families. Ways to possibly eliminate poverty are to eliminate food taxes across all fifty states; this would allow some relief and may possibly get people to live a healthier lifestyle. Another option would be to eliminate some of the burdens of paying for student loans. This would allow for more disposable income and may be able to create more jobs for the unemployed. The issue of poverty will continue to rise until as a country we decide to stop being selfish.

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