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RESOLVED: The United States federal government should substantially increase social services for persons living in poverty in the United States.

Although the United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, poverty still plagues the country. It is suggested that millions of Americans and undocumented immigrants may live in poverty. Naturally the question arises whether or not the United States federal government should substantially increase domestic social services for persons living in poverty.

Some argue that it is the governmentís responsibility to offer assistance to those in need. Others suggest that people living in poverty should turn to help offered by the private sector such as non-profits and faith-based charities.

Poverty impacts a wide range of public policies such as education reform and quality of the education. This collection is intended to offer insight into aspects surrounding the question such as healthcare and welfare, the debate over private sector vs. federal government assistance and a consideration of how other countries provide social services.

These essays will provide a foundation to craft your arguments and inspire further research. The collection is drawn primarily from the World and Iís e-library of back issues. Recent developments and Obama administration initiatives relating to this topic may also be found through using our search engine and reviewing recent and upcoming issues.

Poverty in the United States
    Future of Welfare
    Possible Reforms
    Overburdened Government
    On the Horizon
    Options and Choices
    Rising Costs
    Financing Concerns
    Povertyís Impact
    Need for Reform
    Situations of other Countries
Contribution of the Private Sector
Areas of Concern
    Failing Social Security
    Immigration Concerns
    Housing and Development
    Public Transportation
    Legal Access
Social Services in Other Countries
    Developing World

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