Low-incomeAmericans which is, those who were making less than twice the federalpoverty level, or about $34,000 per year for a family of four were onlyslightly more likely than other Americans to feel it is due tocircumstances. But when asked about specific causes of poverty, low-incomeAmericans were significantly more likely than other Americans to name drugabuse, medical bills, too few jobs or too many being part-time or low-wagejobs, too many single-parent families, and too many immigrants. When askedwhat is the No. 1 cause of poverty, low-income Americans were much morelikely to name drug abuse, and the poorest Americans , those who wereliving below the federal poverty level , were nearly twice as likely asmiddle- and upper-income Americans to rank drug abuse extremely high. Thenon-poor were more likely to say that the No. 1 cause of poverty is poor-quality public schools, but, both groups are equally likely to name schoolsas a major cause.
Although, many of these families are living in poverty,The Government has created an immense amount of welfare programs which aretargeted towards many of the problems low income families are faced withfor example:
It reduces their tax burden, supplements wages, and makes work more attractive than public benefits. The credit can mean up to $2,604 for workers raising one child in their home, or up to $4,300 for workers raising more than one child. Although children must meet residency requirements, a child does not have to be claimed as a dependent to qualify a worker for the Earned Income Credit. Even workers without children can qualify for up to $390.
It also helps workers pay for the care of a spouse or adult dependent who is incapable of self-care. These programs are just a few of the many that are out there for those who are in need. The programs that I have just mentioned have helped and are still helping many of the United States families that are living in poverty. Without these programs the poverty level would be much worse than it currently is. Therefore, sense there are so many programs that have already been established it doesn’t make any sense what so ever for the government to poor more money than what is already being given to these programs because these programs are all ready sufficient because if they weren’t they wouldn’t be helping as many people as they are.