Dear Future President,
To think that there are 45 million people living in poverty today is appalling. Many retired men and women, young adults and children are suffering because of the money they don’t have. Some don’t even know if they’ll get anything to eat for that day or even have a shower that week. Because of poverty, our country is suffering. So I ask, is anything going to be resolved? Are Americans going to be given the chance to get off of the streets and live in a real home? Have a real job? Provide to their kids? This shouldn’t be one of those letters you glance at and toss to the side. Poverty is a serious issue, so how are you planning to fix it?
1.2 billion people are living on $1.25 a day, nearly 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day and at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. Imagine if that were you, working your butt off every second of every day just to get by. And what if you get sick? If we don’t have enough money to pay for medicine, surgeries, counseling, etc., then what? We either die or you continue to take money out of our paycheck until it’s paid for. And when it’s finally paid for you’ve already lost your house and your car because the slim amount of money you had was taken from you because of something you can’t control.
42% of children live in low-income families. Almost 270 million children have zero access to healthcare and more than 30 million of those children are not immunized against treatable or preventable diseases. Children living in poverty do not have any access to the healthcare they need and deserve. 57 million children are out of school because of poverty. Parents who are working sunup to sundown don’t have time to take their children to school and many children younger than 10 already have a job just to try and support their family. If children and teens these are apparently “the future” then why are we not getting the support we need?
To conclude I’m going to say this again; Poverty is a major issue and needs to be looked at more carefully. Too many adults and children are dying, living on the streets, have no job or are very ill because of the money they don’t have. Poverty is an issue that will always be around but if we work on some of these topics talked about then maybe we can cut down the billion into a million, or the million down to thousands.