Debate on Poverty and political

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View Debate: POVERTY AND POLITICAL PARTIES

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Introduction/Overview
According the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 36 million Americans at or below the poverty level. This issues a central concern to most leaders in government; however, the problem is so multifaceted that a consensus approach has not materialized. This debate looks at the Republican and Democratic approaches to poverty in America.

PRIMARY DEBATE QUESTION
Which political party is best suited for solving America’s poverty problem?

FRAMING THE DEBATE
According the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 36 million Americans at or below the poverty level. This issues a central concern to most leaders in government; however, the problem is so multifaceted that a consensus approach has not materialized. This debate looks at the Republican and Democratic approaches to poverty in America.

REECE POSITION
The Republican party’s approach to reducing poverty in America offers the best solution.
OBASOHAN POSITION
The Democratic party’s approach to reducing poverty in America offers the best solution.

KEY POINT
A core distinction between these two positions is the role of economy (private
sector) vs. the role of the government (public sector). As you listen to the debate,
look for Reece’s emphasis on private sector solutions and Obasohan’s emphasis
on public sector solutions. Which emphasis do you think is more appropriate?

REPUBLICAN APPROACHES
Stimulate religious charities and more
public service throughout society.
Encourage renter-to-home-owner with low
income purchasing programs.
Encourage individual responsibility by
requiring welfare to work transitions.
Stimulate individual prosperity with tax relief.

KEY POINT
Both debaters approach the problem with different assumptions. Obasohan is more inclined to support the idea that circumstances cause individuals to be in poverty while Reece tends to land on the assumption that low income individuals are not doing enough to get themselves out of poverty. Which seems correct to you?

DEMOCRATIC APPROACHES
Improving public schools in low-income areas
Raise the minimum wage
Subsidize (provide government funding) for
critical needs: day care, food, housing
Offer more substantial healthcare benefits

KEY POINT
A first step in solving poverty is a clear understanding of the reason(s) that it exists. Obasohan and Reece touch on several throughout the debate. Which reasons for poverty seem to be the most salient to you?

CONCLUSION
How and why the wealthiest economy in the world has such a significant poverty is central to the Republican and Democratic policy makers. The debate touches on some of the solutions offered by these two different perspectives. Which approaches seems the most effective in your estimation?

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