Poverty is a real issue that must be resolved. It can result in civil unrest, starvation, and large-scale death. Expansion of the rich-poor gap is dangerous because civil wars can break out and genocide is possible. This is because when people do not have hope, they resort to violence. Newest data shows that poverty is rising and is up to 15.1% in the US. It is causing political instability and crisis. Poverty is dangerous and unfair because people become disadvantaged and suffer. Unemployment in the United States is contributing to this as this is the 4th year in a row in which poverty is expanding. Obama aims at fixing this life-threatening problem.