Peter Edelman New York Times Op-Ed on Poverty
In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, Peter Edelman of Georgetown University Law Center discusses why, after decades of policies and programs, the poverty rate in the US remains stubbornly high. He offers four key contributing factors:
- Changes in the types of jobs available for lower income people, specifically an increase in low-wage, temporary and part-time jobs with wages that have not grown much even when the broader economy expanded
- Increase in single-parent households
- Decrease in cash assistance for low-income mothers and children has resulted in an increase in people who have no income, leaving some families dependent solely on food stamps to survive
- Persistent influence of issues around race and gender that exacerbate the other factors
Edelman argues that it is critical to retain the current policies that support poor Americans and engage the electorate in conversations around the policies that affect them.