1. Poverty (And the Cycle of Poverty)
This is the big one. Poverty is a social issue. The cycle of poverty – the ways that poverty itself makes it harder to get out of poverty, the ways that poverty can be a permanent trap lasting for generations – is a social issue, and a human rights issue.
If you’re poor, there’s about a two in three chance that you’re going to stay poor for at least a year, about a two in three chance that if you do pull out of poverty you’ll be poor again within five years – and about a two in three chance that your children are going to be poor.
Holy shit, odds are if you're poor, you might be poor a whole year? Also, the idea that there isn't social mobility is bullshit. From the treasury department:
• Roughly half of taxpayers who began in the bottom income quintile in 1996 moved up to a higher income group by 2005.
• Among those with the very highest incomes in 1996 – the top 1/100 of 1 percent – only 25 percent remained in this group in 2005. Moreover, the median real income of these taxpayers declined over this period.
• Economic growth resulted in rising incomes for most taxpayers over the period from 1996 to 2005. Median incomes of all taxpayers increased by 24 percent after adjusting for inflation. The real incomes of two-thirds of all taxpayers increased over this period. In addition, the median incomes of those initially in the lower income groups increased more than the median incomes of those initially in the higher income groups.
I'll let you read the rest to pick out the gems.