Poverty Vs Wealth Essay Topics

  • It is better

    If you are rich your judgement is blocked by money and you don't care about your family just your money. If you are poor you care about what you have got rather than what you dont have, the rich just want more and more take a footballer for example they end up buying loads of crap rather then helping others.

  • poor can atleast have a good soundy sleep at night

    people rich all over the world are always bugged up with the fact that something may happen to their bank accounts,their finances may get dissolved...those who are poor have no such disease know as blood pressure which arises with those who are constantly bugged up with tension. being a middle class rson is the best thing anyone can ever have.

  • Simple is Better

    Nobody debates that you need a bare minimum to meet your basic needs, so we'll just assume both "poor" and "rich" are above that poverty line. Once you have enough, it's better to strive for a simple life. Wanting more than that does not increase your happiness very much, but instead is countered by a stronger sense of emptiness. The same feeling of frustration when you put effort into something which falls apart on you, is the feeling of a pursuit of wealth.

  • The sense of categorizing where you stand

    Not for your emotions and wants it isn't. You know you want those expensive things like the rich kids would. But the rich have so many people looking at them and expecting them to be rich brats that they will always have enemies before even speaking to them. The rich act as though they value the family that brought them into such an amazing life, but most just turn into snobs who only value money.

  • Sweat Of Brow

    I would choose poverty every time. In poverty you live more in reality and don't rely on material things to bring you happiness. Instead you build great relationships with people. You earn your money by the sweat of your brow and the strength of your back. You build your spirit.

  • Living for what you know

    Is it better to live rich then poor. Many people would say off the back living rich is way better then poor but do you truly know what your living for. Then just to wake up every day a make million most people don't have it easy like that , most have a job an go to work every day an know what there doing for there kids an for then to have a dream an grow up

  • It is better for YOU but not your 'feelings'

    People who have traveled to Africa or places where the poor are not scarce have always mentioned how hopeful the people seemed. It is not the money that makes people happy, it is the things bought by it and even rich people usually admit they value their family over possessions. To sum my argument up the poor will always wish to be rich but the rich may sometimes wish to be normal or poor (if their head hasn't exploded already).

  • Cost of Lifestyle equates to struggles, anyway.

    Regardless of how much money you have, you live a certain lifestyle. With more money, you become accustomed to a certain way of living (for most people) in which case you may over indulge in the luxuries life has to offer. Eventually, your gross annual income doesn't leave you with as much disposable income as it did in the beginning, if you're frivolous and lack adequate investment practices. Take anyone who gets a better paying job. For example, someone may usually make $40K annually, then get promoted to $50K. That's an extra 10K that you can choose to spend wisely, or just choose to spend. Lets face it, we live in a materialistic consumer society with many social stigmas associated with self-image and the "American Dream." Let's say that person gets bumped up to $70K after 10 years of hard work and additional education. Now to top it off, you're spending again, until you've reached your threshold and perhaps you used money from your savings to pay for additional schooling or took out student loans because you "just couldn't afford it," because you're lifestyle wouldn't allow you to save responsibly. Now you've racked up more debt that you have to pay back that cuts into your new $70K, and to top it off, regular living expenses and lifestyle expenses. I'm sure you see the cycle.

    In conclusion, it doesn't matter how much money you have because enough may never be enough. Seeking things with substance in life should be anyone's ideal of a perfect life, but unfortunately our society has taught us otherwise. If someone wants to be a doctor, for instance, because they want to help mankind and it truly makes them happy, they should do it. But they shouldn't do it for the money. Hopefully I made a clear and concise point that everyone will understand.

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  • Both have positive and negative effects

    It's all down to the person's own moral values on what they believe makes them happy.Some people have a simple approach to life and don't need a great deal around them to be happy,while others feel they want or need more in order to live a happy life.
    There are many other factors involved,but the truth is all the things we need to live an enjoyable life is down to us and the choices we make.Im not poor but I'm far from being rich I make enough for me and my family we are happy and have no desire to be rich.

  • Doesnt matter if your rich or poor

    Keep your moral values, follow god, and you can use money if you have it to help others. Money isnt super important. I give away and spend the money i have lol. If i were rich idd give away more and spend more lol. And travel. Do your best in life and help others

  • Recently, the New York Times ran an entire, stand-alone, special section entitled "Wealth." The section focused on how the rich can become richer; through smart investment strategies, retirement savings and avoiding looming tax increases (for the wealthy). That the Times will devote an entire section to the topic of wealth, while significantly under-reporting poverty-related issues, is extremely disappointing, if not surprising.

    Clearly, the Times finds it more important, and newsworthy, to run stories on 401K investment strategies and the wealthiest Americans rather than the poorest, who by the way, often do not have enough food to eat. When was the last time the Times ran a story on the poorest Americans, the hungry or the homeless? Here are the facts: 50 million people in America are struggling against hunger, including 1 in 5 children. From reading the Times alone, you would think 1 in 5 children in America have a trust fund.

    The systematic omissions and misrepresentations by the Times when it comes to poverty-related issues are indicative of a culture that seems to believe that by ignoring a problem, it will simply disappear. In fact, we must accurately report on the condition of poverty in America if we hope to improve it.

    I have written the Times to complain on numerous occasions, and as recently as last week, citing these omissions and misrepresentations. I rarely get a response, and, when I do, it's generally perfunctory.

    To highlight a few examples: My most recent complaint was prompted by a very biased story on the life of former Mayor Koch ("A 3-Term Mayor as Brash, Shrewd and Colorful as the City He Led" by Robert D. McFadden, February 2, 2013), which included the following paragraph:

    His first term, students of government say, was his best. Confronted with the deficits and the constraints of the city's brush with bankruptcy in 1975, he held down spending, subdued the municipal unions, restored the city's creditworthiness, revived a moribund capital budget, began work on long-neglected bridges and streets, cut antipoverty programs and tried to reduce the friction between Manhattan and the more tradition-minded other boroughs.

    This implies that it is simply a factual given that cutting poverty programs is a good thing, as obviously a good thing as fixing run-down bridges and filling potholes. Many advocates, myself included, would cite evidence that such cuts actually started long-tern trends resulting in the record homelessness, and the skyrocketing poverty and hunger, faced by low-income New Yorkers today.

    The article on Koch later states: "Black leaders were also unhappy with Mr. Koch's decision to purge antipoverty programs and comments he made that they considered insensitive." That's true, but highly incomplete. It implies that only Blacks benefited from poverty programs and that only Black leaders were upset these programs were being cut. In fact, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, a multi-racial organization, spoke out forcefully against Koch's cuts at the time. So did many other White and Latino anti-poverty leaders.

    Meanwhile, Nicholas Kristof continues to imply in his columns that the main cause of domestic poverty is irresponsible behavior by poor people, when many poverty experts -- and poor people themselves -- tend to think that the main causes of U.S. poverty are that jobs are too scarce and wages too low.

    For at least a decade, Times writers have regularly equated the quality of life for wealthy New Yorkers with the quality of life for all New Yorkers, and implied that rising homelessness was a threat mostly because it disturbed the quality of life of the non-homeless.

    Last March, in a column on Penn Station, Bill Keller wrote: "You have dodged the camping homeless at the Port Authority bus terminal, or wandered lost in the miasmal misery of Pennsylvania Station." He made it sound like homeless people are merely another eyesore to be avoided by the beleaguered commuter. In the same column, he also wrote, "Mayor Michael Bloomberg has done much to make the city more livable." Yet, even before the recession, homelessness, hunger, and poverty were skyrocketing in New York City, due largely to the mayor's failed economic and social policies. At the time that column was published, fully 1.6 million city residents lived below the meager federal poverty line, a number larger than the entire population of Philadelphia. Thus, the facts show that Mayor Bloomberg made the city far less livable for a sizable portion of its residents, although you'd be hard pressed to read those facts in the Times.

    I was thrilled to see the uptick in local poverty reporting in the Times following Super-storm Sandy. The story which detailed how non-poor volunteers post-Sandy were exposed to poverty for the first time was very telling. It seemed like, for a brief moment, the Times Metro section also woke up to poverty.

    But, alas, the Metro section (other than excellent columns by Michael Powell) seems to have gone back to mostly ignoring poverty again. A case in point is the controversy over the limited manner in which the Bloomberg administration administered the disaster SNAP (formerly food stamp) program. The way the program was handled was criticized by every major elected official in the city (other than the mayor), including Speaker Quinn, Public Advocate De Blasio, Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, and most members of the House of Representatives from the city. Even a Republican on the City Council criticized the mayor for being too stingy in helping poor people. The weakness in the program, including the criticism of the elected officials, generated very significant coverage in the Wall Street Journal, the NY Daily News, and many other media outlets. The Times ran an editorial condemning the way the program was handled. Yet, the Times Metro section essentially ignored this major news story.

    While the Times still publishes occasional lengthy enterprise (investigative) features on poverty-related matters (such as the excellent Jason DeParle piece on the difficulty low-income students face in completing college), the Times regularly drops the ball on poverty issues in its spot news coverage. For instance, the massive coverage of the fiscal cliff deal gave short thrift to the impact of the deal upon people in poverty. Similarly, there has been very little explanation of how the pending federal sequestration process might decimate funding for anti-poverty programs. Also, there has been scant coverage of the fact that the Senate Farm Bill, passed last year by Democrats, included massive cuts in SNAP benefits, with especially deep cuts to families in New York State.

    The Times rightfully pointed out that the recent presidential campaign included very little focus on poverty, but neglected to mention that so did the media coverage of the campaign. While the Times appropriately covered, at length, why African American and Latinos voted to re-elect Obama in large numbers, it included very little coverage on why poor people did so as well.

    I believe history will reflect that one of the most important defining features of America and New York City in 2013 is that they both have rates of poverty, hunger, and homelessness far higher than the rates for those problems in their national and urban counterparts in the rest of the Western industrialized world. If the Times keeps missing this essential story, while delivering entire sections on wealth, it can't continue to be the "paper of record."


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