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Poverty Even in the wealthiest and most powerful nation, poverty is increasing. 11.3 percent of the United States' population was in poverty this past year. That is 31 million people (U.S. Census Bureau). Did you know that if the government spent less than one percent of what they spend on weapons each year towards the poor, there wouldn't be such great poverty? Think about that; instead of buying a couple missiles and some rockets, they could quite possibly end poverty. The reasons why we should be concerned with poverty is to end starvation, homelessness, and reduce crime.

People starve to death because they are too poor to afford the food. If food production was increased and provided to more people there would be less hunger (I.R.P.). Another question I have is why do we food dump? More food would be available to the needy, instead of wasting it (Causes of Poverty).

Many people agree that we need to end homelessness, but don't want to do anything about it. Several of us have seen someone homeless walking the streets and what do you do, laugh. You feel sorry for them but just don't want to help. Well now you really can. If taxes were just another dollar or two per household there would be enough money to provide homes. I know what you're thinking, why should we have to pay more money for taxes? Isn't a couple dollars a year a small price to pay to solve this problem? Finally, my last point. Solving poverty helps solve crime. Crime will decrease if people have homes, food, and money. Those in poverty might steal if they need to so they survive, but if they have money they wouldn't need to.

Poverty is clearly a problem we need to end, and...