Discuss why policymakers focus on trying to eliminate poverty paying attention to how poverty affects a society.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There can be at least two reasons why policymakers might want to reduce poverty.

First, there is the moral factor.  It seems wrong for a country like the US, with so many people who are so well-off, to have people still living in poverty.  Many people see this as immoral and therefore want to fix the problem.

Second, there is a more practical factor.  Poverty can destabilize a society.  It can, for example, lead to more crime.  Or, if it is bad enough, it can lead to a breakdown in social order.  People who work hard and yet remain poor may become disenchanted with their system and inclined to rebel.  This could end up seriously undermining a society and government, which is a good reason for policymakers to want to eliminate it.