Poverty. There is so much that can be said about this topic. With the health care bill being voted on probably as I type, it will be hard to avoid that aspect of the discussion but I wish not to start out there. I will start by first just talking about poverty in America. Not around the whole world but just in our own "perfect" country.
Poverty or living in poverty is determined by how much income one person or family receives. To live in a state of poverty means that one lives in an undesirable environment to the middle and upper classes. Poverty could also be called the poor class. Most people would agree that poverty is a bad thing. It is bad to have people living in boxes when others live in mansions. In America we want to believe that since we are a world power that poverty is not AS an issue than in other countries( these countries are often called third world). So in our country poverty exists but it is not as prevalent. In America poverty will always exist because of our capitalism economy. There must be a dumbest. There must be the poorest. Someone must clean the toilets. The problem with poverty is that it is very hard to work out of. What for sure needs to change is how poverty can entrap people into poverty based upon their birth. An African American child is born in the ghetto of Detroit. That child most likely trapped at birth based on its race and the income of its parents( also affected by his race). That aspect of poverty needs to be changed; but the fact is those types of changes are long term changes that take place over generations.
What is not the worry of the more privileged is the fact that this same child might join a gang because he accepts his place as being poor. That part of poverty is something that the individual must decide for themselves.
So what about philanthropy? What is the role of the privileged to help the poor? Some may say that it is the role as human beings to help other humans. We feel a connection to the needs of other humans and it hurts us to hear about the pain others experience. But we do not all feel the same for all causes. America is the most generous country in the world. For any natural disaster in our country or outside our borders we are always give the most and the longest. But in America we believe in working for your wealth. We look down on people that do not work and people that cause their own problems( this is how the AIDS charity was looked at when the disease was mainly restricted to homosexuals). Also Americans do not like to be told that they have to give to a cause. Essentially that is what the Health Care Bill would do. Since people believe that the government should be responsible for the well being of their citizens then the government should fight poverty through providing health care. The problem lies in that the government does not make any money outside of taking a portion of its citizens. So then the Government is now telling all of its citizens that they must pick up the tab for someone else. This is why a portion of Americans disapprove of the health care bill. Pass this time or not, it is obvious that something should be done. But whatever is done will be under heavy scrutiny. And whatever failure will rest solely on the shoulders of Obama in the eyes of the people.