Those who hold this view of poverty think that the growing problems of the poor are caused largely by cutbacks in national and local resources devoted to the promotion of social equity. Those with very poor skills, those disable because of sickness/accident, etc. were in deep poverty after the WWII. Poverty existed but is viewed as temporary. Public programs were provided to the poor for short-term relief. These programs were generally effective in dealing with the problems of the elderly or of married couples or families living in social of physical isolation. They limited, but not eliminated, poverty. As the economy restructured and grew, the public programs became less effective.
For Further Reading:
- Goldsmith, William W., and Edward J. Blakely. 1992. Separate societies: Poverty and inequality in U.S. cities. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Pp. 1-14.
- CatholicJournal.us (Catholic Journal). (2012). “Is The Great Recession Really Over?”: http://www.catholicjournal.us/2012/06/21/is-the-great-recession-really-over/