Article for Feb. 22 from Esperansa, A’Lisa & Katherine

Poverty— Esperansa, Alisa and Katherine

Here’s the article.

The Census Bureau sets the standards for the household income requirements for these programs.
The targets are individuals who live below the poverty line (including unemployment) by making it difficult to get and hold onto these programs when they really need it.
Capitol Alert reports “California has more children living in poverty than any other state, more than 2 million.” Some reasons for this rise include immigration, children with disabilities, and senior citizens. There has been an increase in the requirements for use of food stamps or supplemental nutrition programs, which is why the economic conditions are becoming worse.

In 2010, there was a significant difference between children living in urban areas of California when compared to rural areas. For example, in the urban areas 3.9% of children living in poverty were disabled and 5.7% in rural areas. California’s foreign-born rate is a higher percentage because immigration has been happening for a longer period of time “prior to 2005.” On the other hand, for other states they have a lower percentage because they arrived in the last 5 years.

Socio-cultural: people below the poverty line have to meet certain expectations and requirements to even receive access to resources repeating the cycle of poverty making it a bigger issue for society.

Historical: It wasn’t until the Great Depression that the United States had developed policies to address poverty on a large scale. It started off with President Lyndon B. Johnson during his speech—led to pass the Economic Opportunity Act which establish the Office of economic Opportunity to administer the local application of the federal funds targeted against poverty.

Political: There is a growing income disparity, budget deficits, over-spending by the government, and tension between providing programs to help and the government not having enough money to fund those programs. Also, there is a tension as to whether we should even have a government policy to address poverty.

5. There are no basic assumptions in this article. But our assumptions are that stereotypes and stigmas about the welfare program effect the decisions of people in poverty.

Why might there be assumptions that immigration is a reason we have such a high poverty rate in the state of California?
As citizens should we have a decision about the poverty line? What are some positive and negative outcomes of our decision-making?
Does anyone have any personal experiences or situations related to getting resources?
Do you think stigmas or stereotypes in our society keep people from seeking social services?
Do you think that funding has anything to do with the issue of poverty?
What are some things that can be done or some possible solutions to changing the poverty rate?
With the stigmas that teachers don’t make much money, do you think/ feel your future profession as child development majors, will be a factor of poverty?
What do you guys feel about Romney’s statement, “ I am not concerned about the very poor…?”


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