In the last 100 years the United States has increased it’s population by 216 million people. As is stands today the United States has grown to a population of 313 million people. As this number rises, the number of people living in poverty grows as well.
According to the New York Times, in 2012, 2.6 million people were added to below the official poverty line, bringing the grand total to 42.6 Americans who cannot fully support themselves. While America has made lengths to keep poverty in check, it has not seemed to have been effective, as poverty is higher than ever in the United States.
One reason as to why poverty is so high in this era is because of how hard it is to come out of it. Timothy Sneeding, a professor at The University of Wisconsin, states ” We’re risking a new underclass. Young, less-educated adults,mainly men, can’t support their children and have stables families because they are jobless.” It is apparent that once one falls into the flow of poverty, it is hard to get out because of the difficulty in finding jobs that pay more than minimum wage.
These statistics are illustrated well in the movie,” Inequality for All.” This film portrays the problems that we face as a country by giving stats such as the richest 400 people in America make more money than half of the United States. The director, Jacob Kornbluth, explains his thought process while making the film. ” I have lived among the most conservative and liberal people in America, in urban and rural communities across this amazingly diverse country, and have experience dealing with billionaires and homeless people and everything in between.” He goes on to say, My hope in making this film was that I would be able to take all of those experiences and use them to help make a film that a wide variety of people can connect to. ” What really stands about with this film is how it raises awareness.
What is so great about this movie is that it raises awareness to an issue that is frequently overlooked. When our country is ruled by the wealthy the lower class gets pushed aside. As our economy continues to bounce back and grow, I predict our poverty line will drop significantly.