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The Impoverished Few A young boy walks through the mud bare-footed towards his one room shack He opens the waterlogged door to find his young mother feeding his eighteen month old sister cold beans He walks towards the kitchen which is really just a three-legged table a lawn chair and a stove and scoops the remaining beans from the stove onto a plate for himself He gives his mother a kiss on the cheek and walks towards his corner of the room His mother wipes a tear from her eye Tonight she did not eat dinner with her children she did not eat at all just as she had not eaten the night before This scene did not happen in a third world country like one might have believed It happens everyday here in America With the Presidential Elections quickly approaching the candidates should focus on certain issues such as poverty and welfare To help put a stop to poverty the candidates must focus on the children living in the destitution the education of the families and the monetary w ages of the families that are often making less than 15000 a year Putting an end to poverty starts with the children of the families Vice President Al Gore feels very strongly about this If the government provides nutritional support programs and food stamps the likelihood that the children will become mature and flourish increases Galbraith feels the same was as Gore If the children though badly fed at home are well nourished at school then there is a chance that the children of the very poor will come to maturity without inhibiting disadvantage Galbraith 246 If the physical well being of the children were watched very closely then this would decrease the probability of poverty when the children are adults Programs that could help the poverty level include Gores idea to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit EITC The EITC provides a wage
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