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All over the world disparities between the rich and poor even in the wealthiest of nations is rising sharply Fewer people are becoming increasingly successful and wealthy while a disproportionately larger population is also becoming even poorer There are many issues involved when looking at poverty It is not simply enough or correct to say that the poor are poor due to their own or their governments bad governance and management In fact you could quite easily conclude that the poor are poor because the rich are rich and have the power to enforce trade agreements which favor their interests more than the proper nations This is a very serious problem in our society today Poverty is everywhere and it needs to reduced so that our economy will be more stabilized and balanced that it has been What does it mean to be poor What does it mean to describe a nation as developing A lack of material wealth does not define one as deprived A strong economy in a developed nation does not mean much when a significant percentage or a majority of the population is struggling to survive Development usually implies an improvement in living standards such that a person has enough food water and clothing a stable social environment freedom and basic rights to have a fair chance for a decent life Is this actually progress On the other hand are we fooled into believing that it is The US Department of Health and Human Services placed the poverty level for a family of four at 16450 in 1998 and the poverty rate in 1996 according to the HHS was 137 percent or 365 million Americans Egendorf 1999 12 Is there really a way to measure poverty and to decide exactly what poverty is Hunger income level housing and the economys condition of the working poor are just a few example of what needs to be considered when measuring the
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