Murial California

Poverty in The United States

I wrote about the fact that there is a very large amount of poverty in the United States and it is only getting bigger. I wrote about the many ways to start solving this issue.

Dear Madam or Mr President,

My name is Murial B. and I am a 12th grade student at Yreka High School in California. I'd like to address with you today, one, of the many issues in our country, along with thanking you for taking the time out of your day to read my letter.

There are a lot of issues in our country. Not all of them can be resolved in the short four years that you have in the office. But i'd like to address one major issue in our country-poverty. According to “The Poverty Debate” , we, as a country, raise and contribute about 50 billion dollars every year to give other countries in aid. According to the Huffington Post, “the United States recently has continued to pump around $50 billion in aid to other countries each year." (Cook). Due to the dictators of most of these countries the aid they receive never actually makes it to the citizens. They take the money and dispose or burn the other varieties of assistance that we attempt to supply, along with the fact that in our aid can come foreign diseases that shouldn't be in the third and fourth world countries receiving aid. In the article “The Foreign Aid Debate” it states that "in summary, foreign aid certainly has many problems associated with it; much of it is wasted by corrupt government officials in impoverished nations, and aid may contribute to "Dutch Disease" and therefore undermine foreign direct investment. "(“The Foreign Aid Debate -”).

Since we have this issue in our country we can start with not giving aid that isn't used to other countries, or for all at that matter and start contributing the 50 billion dollars that we spend every year to our own country. In order for us to get our country back on our feet and bring our economy back , we're going to need more employment in the United States. According to “ The Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class” ,the best pathway out of poverty is a well-paying job. To get back to prerecession employment levels, we must create 5.6 million new jobs. At the current pace, however, we will not get there until July 2018. To kick-start job growth, the federal government should invest in job-creation strategies. (Wednesday, Vallas, and Boteach). We can create these jobs by rebuilding old abandoned houses , and rebuilding our country and using employment of our citizens to do so.

We need to bring the country out of poverty because, at this rate, the poverty in the United States is only going to keep getting worse. There isn’t much we need to do in order to put a stop to it, and begin getting a better economy going. Although , it does seem like a lot, we could have a large portion of the poverty extinguished before you get out of the office. Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to read my letter.

Sincerely ,

Murial B.

Student, Yreka High School

Yreka High School

English IV

12th grade students at Yreka High School.

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