Poverty is one of the biggest problems of the world

Poverty is one of the biggest problems of the world. Even the United States has also been affected by this issue. There are various factors that lead to the poverty in the United States that include lack of affordable education, joblessness, greater than before cost of living etc.
The first important factor that contributes to the poverty is the lack of job skills. The workers do not have appropriate job knowledge and skills. There are fewer wages for the least skilled which results in low productivity. Second important factor that leads to poverty is unemployment. The people in the country do not get jobs according to their qualifications and if they get jobs, they face discrimination and racism. It is a fact that many blacks earn less as compared to white employees. Another important factor that leads to poverty is an increase in single-parent households, especially the children living with single mothers are more likely to be affected by poverty.
There are several welfare policies and programs that are being used in order to reduce poverty in the United States. For instance, Social Security Program is intended to prevent poverty in the country. I think these existing welfare and social security programs are trying to combat poverty to some extent. Different governments have tried to reduce poverty in the country. The President Obama has also done a great job in reducing poverty by signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. However, there is more that needs to be done.
First of all, the government has to narrow down the entitlements so that more deserving people can benefit from these programs. Welfare policies allow families to receive assistance with the requirements of getting a job within two years. This requirement period should be minimized to one year. Secondly, those who apply for the welfare programs should pass a drug test. It is important because the people would then not be able to cheat the authorities and the deserving ones would get benefits. Most important of all is education. There should be more stress on affordable education. New job skills should be introduced to meet the requirements of the modern world.