It matters to the tax payers who have funded the war on poverty. It matters to the poor who have been at the receiving end of our ill-conceived and poorly executed efforts.
Some say poverty is caused by unjust and unfair systems that must be fixed. Others put the blame squarely on the poor, their behavior and attitudes that must be corrected. I believe that poverty is a learned behavior. Poverty is cultural.
But I also believe that a culture of poverty is encouraged by unjust systems and enabled by uninformed do-gooders. Until we get a balanced approach to this problem we will never even come close to ending this menace.
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