I wish I knew what to make of all this, I really do. How is it possible that after fighting poverty for five decades or more we seem to be going backwards?
Technology is changing work, but that has happened before although not as rapidly or to such an extent. Competition is global, we are fighting with the rest of the world for jobs. Security that is job based has declined significantly in recent decades. The relationship between worker and employer has declined; loyalty on both sides is a thing of the past.
The family unit is redefined and the two parent household has declined.
😢Between 1960 and 2016, the percentage of children living in families with two parents decreased from 88 to 69. Of those 50.7 million children living in families with two parents, 47.7 million live with two married parents and 3.0 million live with two unmarried parents.<
During the 1960-2016 period, the percentage of children living with only their mother nearly tripled from 8 to 23 percent and the percentage of children living with only their father increased from 1 to 4 percent. The percentage of children not living with any parent increased slightly from 3 to 4 percent. Source: US Census Bureau😢
WHAT IS WRONG? Why can’t we fix this?
I think we focus on the wrong solutions. Expanding social programs does not solve anything. It’s a bandaid over a wound that gets larger and larger.
What is the root cause of poverty? How do we break the cycle? How do we assure children born into poverty don’t stay there? My belief is that a significant portion of ongoing poverty exists because of the individuals involved; life style, poor and detrimental decisions and on occasion simply indifference to change. How do we identify all that and how do we help people better help themselves out of poverty and give them the tools to do so?
TORONTO (IDN) – More than one in every eight Americans, numbering 40 million, equal to 12.7 % of the population, are living in poverty, and almost half of those – 18.5 million – in abysmal poverty, according to a new report.
Though the United States is one of the world’s richest, most powerful and technologically innovative countries, “neither its wealth nor its power nor its technology is being harnessed to address the situation,” stresses Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in his statement on a two-week visit to the USA. . . .
The face of poverty in America is not only Black, or Hispanic, but also White, Asian, and many other colors, notes the UN expert. Nor is it confined to a particular age group. “Automation and robotization are already throwing many middle-aged workers out of jobs in which they once believed themselves to be secure.” In the economy of the twenty-first century, only a tiny percentage of the population is immune from the possibility that they could fall into poverty as a result of bad breaks beyond their own control.
“The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion as the US since the US now has the lowest rate of social mobility of any of the rich countries,” declares Alston. He adds: Many statistics could be cited to demonstrate the extent to which women shoulder a particularly high burden as a result of living in poverty. They are, for example, more exposed to violence, more vulnerable to sexual harassment, discriminated against in the labour market.
Quoting Luke Shaefer from the University of Michigan, School of Social Work, and Kathryn Edin from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, the UN expert says: The number of children in single-mother households living in extreme poverty for an entire year has ballooned from fewer than 100,000 in 1995 to 895,000 in 2011 and 704,000 in 2012.
“But perhaps the least recognized harm is that austerity policies that shrink the services provided by the state inevitably mean that the resulting burden is imposed instead upon the primary caregivers within families, who are overwhelmingly women. Male-dominated legislatures rarely pay any heed to this consequence of the welfare cutbacks they impose.”