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The Flawed Gauge of the Poverty Threshold According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the most recent poverty threshold, released in 2009, for a family of four is $22,050 yearly income. Upon taking into account all necessary expenses for the most minimal cost of living, plus the rate of minimum wage, this threshold is insufficient in safely placing enough people out of poverty. Many will argue that the poverty line is far too low, due to the rising costs of living, its historically outdated deriving, its lack to geographically translate, and its deficiency in safely placing fulltime minimum wage workers out of this threshold. In order to provide a greater amount of people with the benefits that come along with being a part of the working poor, the poverty line needs to be revised. I. Americans in Poverty According to the United States Census Bureau, the government uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by the size and composition of a family to determine who is in poverty. If a family’s total income is less than the family’s threshold, then every unit of that family is considered in poverty. The official poverty thresholds for the United States do not alter geographically. The poverty numbers are updated yearly, and reflect limited trends in the economy (See Table 1). Though the Census Bureau can define the term in this way, being in poverty means much more than what the statistical surveys can account for. Being in poverty means living daily life at the most minimal level using the most minimal of essential resources and strictly accounting for necessities towards survival. David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C., former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times , and former professor at Princeton University, 1
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American University and Dartmouth College reports in his novel The Working Poor that Americans are too focused on the myth that anyone from the lowest of means can soar to well-being. Shipler asserts that the claim of this myth causes uncertainty about any kind of solution. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as most people in poverty are never presented with an opportunity to climb out of their impoverished state. Because of this, our society creates the “Forgotten America”: the invisible class of Americans in living in the “shadow of prosperity” who struggle day-to-day to survive (Shipler, 3). They face life-threatening risks as their budget can only afford the most rundown of living conditions in the most dangerous of cities. They are malnourished, as the current threshold of poverty only allocates about fifty dollars a week to feed a family of four. People in poverty statistically have significantly shorter life expectancies, are more likely
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