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Although capitalism has proven to create vast amounts of wealth for nations unchecked it does a poor job at redistributing the wealth Under a complete laissez faire economy there are inevitable large wealth gaps between the richest minority and the poor majority When a minority such as the wealthy has so much control over the majority such as the poor it is a governments duty to protect its citizens from the often tyrannical minority Unfortunately the United States although it has put in place some provisions to help the poor is lagging behind the rest of the industrialized rich countries in terms of social welfare The United States more often than not only offers the bare minimum to keep its poor from complete misery In order to create a more harmonious society the government needs to spend more money on social welfare but not to the extent that it provides no incentive for the recipients to become employed self-sufficient members of society Currently during the much politicized economic boom in the United States the majority of its citizens are not much better off than 40 years ago while the rich keep on getting richer But instead of improving social welfare there have been serious efforts by many people in Congress to drastically cut social welfare programs They believe that people dug their own hole and failed to live the American dream Thus they should not receive any compensation for their failed lives Although there is a Finish line for the American dream not everyone has an equal shot at completing the race Many people are practically born at the finish line They merely have to grow up in a rich neighborhood go to a nice private school and they are set for life Many others are born with parents who cannot afford private schools and the children are forced to go to substandard public schools It is hard to argue that the two children have
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