Poverty is a huge problem across the world and more specifically, the United States. The author of this article, Jane Fullerton Lemons, agrees that the problem lies upon how to help the poor. She gives examples such as the debate on raising the minimum wage, providing more government assistance, and personal responsibility. Jane establishes ethos with her audience by starting out the article with a personal account from an impoverished married couple living in Philadelphia. This couple has to try to make it by on an average of 300 dollars a week. She then relates this account to the issue of poverty everywhere.
By using logos she argues that the government should aid the poor, but only to a certain extent. The government should only provide aid while those in poverty are trying to get back on their feet. Jane claims that the government should provide aid in training and educating the poor so that they do not have to live on food stamps and welfare. Educating the poor would help them obtain jobs, thus allowing the government to not have to spend so much on government assistance programs each year. She believes that most of these programs ultimately end up failing. She quotes Robert Rector, a senior researcher at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, “Promoting work and restoring marriage would be a better battle plan for eradicating poverty in America than spending more money on failed programs” (Lemons). The current programs provide money but do not help the poor to become self-sufficient.
Lemons, Jane Fullerton. “Fighting Urban Poverty.” CQ Researcher 17 July 2015: 601-24. Web. 26 July 2015.