Poverty in the U.S. is mostly self-inflicted. In capitalist America, even a modest commitment to work and self-discipline could almost abolish it.
Instead, Democratic politicians perpetuate poverty, seeing it as a source of many votes. They create even more poor people by making them dependent on government subsidies. So, while poverty could actually be largely defeated, it is not in the interest of Democratic politicians to do so.
Federal and state governments create and extend it by paying those unwilling to work, knowing prolonged charity produces an endless supply of paupers and more votes for Democrats.
DR. RICHARD MERLO