In "The New Poverty”, B. Guy Peters expresses his concerns about the social welfare of the poor working class. He is worried that nothing is being done to help the less educated whom are getting pushed out of their secure jobs by technology and undersizing, and soon they 'will find themselves, figuratively, if not literally, on the streets.' The other group of concern is the working poor. These are the people who work full-time and are still poor. But it is getting increasingly hard to maintain a full-time position when you do not have the training. He brings up Manpower, Inc., a temp agency and the largest single employer, which shows the movement away from salary positions to temporary ones. He says that 'firms have few incentives to create new jobs even if they are becoming profitable, but rather have a number of incentives to keep their labor costs as low as possible.' He thinks that these changes are permanent and the attemps of social programs will not deem helpful.
Peters thinks that several types of new social policy intervention should be put into effect. These include direct social assistance, and a wide range of services which will involve the coordination of a number of programs and organizations- education and labor market organizations. If this is not done, with the decrease in purchasing power, soon both adults in a poor family will have to work, now bringing child care into the equation if is was not already.
I thought that this type of reform was very interesting. It sparked my senses and made me really think about all the recent Social Security talk. What happens when the poor get old or injured and have to rely on the government because they now cannot work at all? Will there be funds available to them to ensure security?
What is Social Security? What is wrong with it? What can be done to remedy the problem? These are some of the questions that will be answered when looking at what Cl...
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