Poor Don’t Work Hard Enough

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“A quarter of the country feels that the leading reason for inequality in America is that the poor don’t work hard enough.”         –Pew Research Center

Pew surveyed a nationally representative group of people this past fall and found that the most financially secure citizens believe the “poor have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.”

America’s most financially insecure emphatically disagree–nearly 70 percent–say the poor have hard lives because the benefits “don’t go far enough.”

The most financially well off, the Forbes 400, derive 60 percent of their yearly increase from investments or “unearned” income and pay 15 percent capital gains tax.  Low income families, whose annual earnings may be between $70,000 to $100,000 are assessed a much higher percentage by the IRS.

The poor are much less likely to have health insurance, much more likely to be victims of crime.  They don’t get the same level of education or have the same food options.   “Inequality starts in the crib,” according to the Washington Post.

America is a nation where the legal, economic and governmental arenas disproportionately benefit the wealthy.

Horizonte, Salt Lake School District’s alternative high school and adult education provider, is rescuing those who have not succeeded in traditional high school, leading them to a high school diploma and providing privately raised post high school scholarships.  In addition, Horizonte works closely with institutions of higher ed to identify federal and other assistance for its graduates.