To achieve American exceptionalism, we must address our societal issues head-on. The nature of poverty is that it is incredibly difficult to escape. Those born into poverty are faced with a more difficult journey to success, and providing people in this situation with appropriate legislation and social services that assist them in carving a better path in life is imperative, both to the Cunningham Administration, and to the country as a whole. Cunningham will address excessive federal expenditure, education reform, healthcare, tax law, social programs and racism in order to combat poverty and address its root causes.
Once in office, Cunningham will redirect resources away from wasteful programs that do not benefit Americans. Approved by the current administration, the U.S. will spend $1.7 trillion  to expand a nuclear arsenal that is an excessive use of taxpayer money. A portion of these funds will be redirected to address poverty on a national level. As long as America’s military might remains unrivaled, using the defense budget excess to assist Americans who struggle to make ends meet via social programs would be ideal.
The Cunningham Administration also believes the new tax rates for America’s wealthiest individuals and corporations are bad for the country as a whole. As affluent individuals and corporations benefit from the current tax cuts, our nation is experiencing social insecurity due to increased levels of poverty. Through legislation of a single-payer healthcare system, and increased funding to the WIC, the ACA, and other programs that assist the poor, we will stabilize the nation and begin to realize prosperity for all.
The Cunningham Administration is also committed to increasing public spending on education. No other form of federal investment has proven as effective in bringing Americans out of poverty and into the middle class as quality public education. On average, public schools spend $1,200 less per student in poor districts than rich ones, only furthering the gap between rich and poor. The Cunningham Administration will direct more funds to school districts that serve poor communities. When all American children have quality public education, regardless of their parents’ income, the nation as a whole will benefit.
In addition to substantial educational reform, the administration plans to invest in clinics that offer free preventive care, prenatal care, and addiction services, as the United States currently ranks last in maternal mortality rates among developed nations, and an opioid crisis has our country in an emergency state.
Additionally, all Americans need a guaranteed basic income regardless of their ability to work. While this idea may seem radical, its implementation would bring America closer to realizing Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of a society in which all citizens can obtain justice and prosperity. Indeed, convinced that any combination of indirect approaches to addressing poverty would prove inadequate, Dr. King began advocating the establishment of a guaranteed basic income in the 1960s. To do so “is not only moral,” he wrote, “it is also intelligent.” As he concluded, “The curse of poverty has no justification in our age…The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.” 
Finally, Cunningham realizes you cannot fight economic inequality without challenging racial bias. Because white job applicants presently receive more callbacks than black job applicants do, the Cunningham Administration will increase enforcement of America’s employment discrimination laws. To address incarceration linked to poverty and lack of employment, the Cunningham Administration will collaborate with prosecutors to end discriminatory sentencing and for-profit prison programs. The Cunningham Administration is committed to delivering prosperity and security to all Americans because no man, woman or child should live in poverty.
 King, Martin Luther, Jr. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Boston: Beacon Press, 1967. Print