America used to be a dream country for everyone in the world in terms of justice, employment opportunity, social rights, ethics, freedom of speech and many other variables a social welfare state has. But is this the case right now or America is hiding from reality? America is definitely hiding from reality. Things are not as good as they are portraying to the outer world.
There is a famous saying that “Justice delayed is justice denied”. Justice must be done on time regardless of whether someone is rich or some is poor. The criminal justice system of United States say that everyone must be treated equally regardless of his origin, race, wealth status, color etc. and no discrimination should be made in this regard. But is this happening in reality? Is there a same justice system for rich and poor in United States? Are they treated equally?
This is not the reality. The demographic division of United States is that almost 6 % of the population consists of black people and they are mostly poor people and these people comprised of almost half of the population of American’s prison population. Large percentage of this population is under the control of Justice System of America and most of the times they are innocent. Law says that everyone is innocent until proven guilty but there is a huge criticism that this is not the case when it comes to American Black people who are living below the poverty line. They are treated different from the rich elite population.
Surprisingly most of the prisoners report that their income is less than $8000 per annum. So is this enough to say that only poor people steal, murder and engage in unlawful activities. There are two different justice systems operating in America. One is for poor that is already described and other is for the rich elite class. The investigations for rich are kid-glove investigation, they are given light sentences if they are sent to jails and prosecution is light for them. On the other hands poor people have to face aggressive prosecution, paramilitary policing and they are given real hard time in prisons. This can be said that poor have harsh treatment than the wealthy people.
The gap between the rich and poor is getting more and more. Rich are getting richer and poor are getting more poor by every passing year. There are several studies that are conducted in this regard. The results of this study states that 62% of those people who are born in rich families stay in the top two-fifth of the people in terms of income level. 65% of those who are born in poor families stay in the bottom two-fifth in terms of income level.
These studies just don’t give us simple facts. There are far more serious realities in between them. This implies that those who are born in rich families get the chance to have a quality education, quality learning, a quality living style, quality jobs and a better living in terms of income. And this is opposite for those who are born in poor families. Why this is that only rich are getting chances to have a good life? Why is not poor getting the chance to compete with the rich. This gap between rich and poor is at peak in the history of America.
It is obvious that people are not getting the chances to compete equally. There is a perceived sense of inequity among the public. There is a feeling that rich are treated in a different way and poor are being treated in a different way.
The economy of America has declined considerably in the past decade. 28% of Americans do not have a single penny saved for any kind of emergencies. Similarly 42% Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. This means they have nothing left by the end of month. Almost half of the population doesn’t have a financial cushion in any form. This is an alarming situation for a country claiming to be an economic super power.
Unemployment is at its peak in America. Students are getting graduated every year from universities and there are absolutely no jobs for them in the market. US market is not producing enough jobs for the people coming in the market for job hunting. According to a report 20,000 people applied for jobs in Hyundai Plant in 2012 for 877 vacancies. This statistic is enough to see the reality of the supply and demand of the labor market in the America.
Health, education and safety are few of the basic things that a state must ensure. Everyone should have access to quality education. Similarly everyone should have access to quality health services and state must ensure it. But in recent past health insurance cost have risen to 23%. In a country where there is a huge gap in supply and demand of labor market, people are living paycheck to paycheck; a large population does not have a single penny saved for tough time. How can an ordinary poor person afford this high cost of health insurance?
53% of the college graduates are not employed in America. And those among these 53% who are employed are not doing jobs of their expertise. They are underemployed. The poverty in America is increasing. There is a shocking one-fourth of American children are enrolled in food stamp programs.
America still claims to be a super power. It is a super power when it comes to be the biggest military in the world, or when it comes to having best weapons in the world. But America is hiding from reality. America is spending so much on military expenditures when there are no jobs in its country, people are unemployed, poverty rate is rising and gap between rich and poor in enlarging. If America still wants to live its dream, it has to look for the well-being of its people.