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A Look at Poverty’s Evil Twin | Taking Note

A Look at Poverty’s Evil Twin | Taking Note | Poverty | Scoop.it

Today the U.S. is polarized, yet this post by John Merrow states "I have found something that unites Republicans and Democrats: neither party talks about poverty, despite our current epidemic of child poverty and its consequences for the life chances of millions of children."

Merrow continues to discuss poverty, and what he describes as its "evil twin, greed" stating that "we cannot solve on in isolation."

He provides a number of statistics from the National Center for Children in Poverty, including:

* 31% of white children - 12.1 million - live in low-income families.

* 64% of black children - 6.5 million - live in low-income families.

* 31% of Asian children - 1.0 million - live in low-income families.

* 63% of Hispanic children - 10.7 million - live in low-income families.

When you add in American Indian and children of other races, 30 million children live in poverty.

For more information on this and to learn more about "deep poverty" and "normal poverty" as well as a look at salary differentials between the typical CEO and the typical worker click through to the article. Merrow suggest that "if we backed away from greed, we would be more open to recognize the scourge of poverty and the long term threat it poses to our nation."


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Àqíł Štår's insight:

Poverty is increasing all around the world. If the world leaders do not do anything about it then it won't stop increasing. Financial assistance is sometimes not enough to get their daily needs. That is why the world leaders need to get poverty undone.

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Onn Shi Ee's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:18 PM

In my opinion this article shows the unbalanced percentage of poverty all around the world.From this i can infer that there are a lot of people living in poverty.There are more white children living in poverty than the American Indians, this shows the racial imbalance too ,why are there more non white children living in poverty than the white ,its called racism.It can be infered that the white people think highly of themselves , however the reason of why do they have more poverty children is because of greed!The article suggest on what they should do to solve the problem, "if we backed away from greed, we would be more open to recognize the scourge of poverty and the long term threat it poses to our nation."AND i totally agree with what is written on the article.BUT humans are born GREEDY!

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Most people in poverty are 'in work'

Most people in poverty are 'in work' | Poverty | Scoop.it
The majority of the 13 million people classed as living in poverty in the UK are in work, a charity's report suggests.
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Most people in the UK are in poverty. this is so because some of them are earning money but spend so much that they can't make ends meet. but some of them never spent that much but need to feed a lot of people because of their family size.

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Coalition to unveil radical plans to cut child poverty - The Guardian

Coalition to unveil radical plans to cut child poverty - The Guardian | Poverty | Scoop.it
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Coalition to unveil radical plans to cut child poverty
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Radical plans to cut water, food and fuel bills for low-income families are being considered by the coalition as part of the government's new child poverty strategy.
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By cutting down water,food and fuel bills can help people in poverty lessen their burden and help them save enough money for them to go to school and thus getting them a qualification to help them find a job.

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Could Free Money Solve Poverty?

Could Free Money Solve Poverty? | Poverty | Scoop.it

Programs to manage poverty in the United States aren’t cheap either. The combined costs of supplemental food assistance, Earned Income Tax Credit, and Medicaid top a trillion per year, according to the Cato Institute –over $20,610 per year per poor individual, when the minimum poverty threshold was $12,119 in 2013.

 
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Àqíł Štår's insight:

Free money does not quite solve poverty.sometimes it makes it worse because if the government have to give free money then there won't be enough of it. This will cause the whole state of even the whole country to be in poverty.

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muhammad zakir otheman's curator insight, February 24, 2014 6:24 AM

It is a very interesting idea and might probably work as it is easier than the other ideas. Not all will agree with the idea

Shareezan's curator insight, February 27, 2014 3:42 AM

I can see that it is not easy to solve poverty problems as it can cost or use up a lot of money. As there is a huge percentage of poverty, it is going to use up a lot of finance to help every single one. For Singapore it is a small country so it is not a big issue. For other countries on the other hand, it is the worst problem to counter. I think the government is trying their very best to help as much as possible but they cannot do every single one. I wonder will the people understand what is the government trying to do?

viknesh's curator insight, March 2, 2014 9:40 AM

Generically, the problem is how we handle money, not how much money we have (or don't have). When apples cost 5 cents we had poverty, now they cost a dollar and we have poverty. 'More Money' was why we went from gold to paper.

Generically, those with credit or an inheritance have the means to move ahead, and those with help fall behind. They are just trading places, one moves up as another moves down.

To solve the problem of poverty (inequality or concentration), then we need to look at how we handle money, and in particular how things are valued. People scream about wage and price controls destroying the free market, but we have wage and price controls already, set by business owners (like me). The system can't work, because competition makes us grotesquely inefficient, which is really what poverty represents.

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SDPI report: 58.7m Pakistanis living below poverty line - The Express Tribune

SDPI report: 58.7m Pakistanis living below poverty line - The Express Tribune | Poverty | Scoop.it
The Express Tribune SDPI report: 58.7m Pakistanis living below poverty line The Express Tribune As many as 58.7 million people in Pakistan are living in multidimensional poverty with 46 per cent of rural population and 18 per cent of urban...
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people in this country live in this kind of state because they got nowhere to go.some of them have jobs but not a stable one but others don not even have a single job.Without jobs they have to search through pile of dump to make ends meet.

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Bulgaria chokes on air pollution fuelled by poverty - Phys.org

Bulgaria chokes on air pollution fuelled by poverty - Phys.org | Poverty | Scoop.it
And grinding poverty—especially in the smaller towns—has driven up the share of people burning wood, coal and all kinds of waste to ward off the chilly east Balkan winters. In the northern town of Vratsa, many have given up ...
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Places like this are in poverty because of the burning of wood,coal and other things..this causes air pollution and make the not a good environment for people to live in

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