I have some research and writing on poverty throughout my college career and am interested in what other moms think are the roots and causes of poverty. For instance, is it an individual failure like drug addiction or laziness? Or is it a systemic problem that lies in the nature of our economic system? Please try to back up your answers with some sort of evidence, like personal experience or observation.Answer Question
Answer by UpSheRises at 4:13 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by Laura2U at 4:19 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by CocoaQT at 4:20 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
OP--There have been a number of studies and articles written about how one gets to the point of TRUE poverty--no to very little food, clothing, resources and poor living conditions--as opposed to not having a cell phone, a flat screen TV, designer clothes, etc!
This is a great article by former Clinton Advisor, William Galston, outlining the three little things all one has to do to in order to have an 80% chance of NOT becoming impoverished! Only 8% of the people who do all three of the things below end up poor, according to the IRS.
1. Graduate from high school
2. Marry before having children
3. Do not have children before age 20
Answer by LoriKeet at 4:30 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Here is a link to a relevant article - http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2011-01-05-census-poverty_N.htm
Answer by tasches at 5:35 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:44 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by kaileymom79 at 7:20 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by jesse123456 at 7:38 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by Farmlady09 at 7:57 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Lack of education. Poor decision making skills Lack of a true support system- one that can help when times are tough and kick you in the pants when the situation arises.
Answer by Sisteract at 9:39 PM on Jan. 7, 2011