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Poverty is the state in which people do not earn enough money to support lifes essentials such as somewhere to live food and clothing We see the affected every day especially in southern California with all of the migrant workers that live in miscellaneous fields bushes and parks around the area It affects more than thirty million people in America and nearly five million in California alone half of which are under the age of eighteen There have been many proposed solutions to poverty and none have had all that adverse of an effect seeing as how the number living in poverty has continued to increase since the 1960s Here are some of the facts half the world nearly three billion people live on less than two dollars a day The gross domestic product of the poorest 48 nations a quarter of the worlds countries is less than the wealth of the worlds three richest people combined Nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names though less than one per cent of what the world spends every year on weapons would be needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 51 percent of the worlds 100 hundred wealthiest bodies are owned by corporations The wealthiest nation on Earth has the widest gap between rich and poor of any industrialized nation The poorer the country the more likely it is that debt repayments are being extracted directly from people who neither contracted the loans nor received any of the money 20 of the population in the developed nations consume 86 of the worlds goods In 1960 the 20 of the worlds people in the richest countries had 30 times the income of the poorest 20 -- in 1997 74 times as much A few hundred millionaires now own as much wealth as the worlds poorest 25 billion people and the combined
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