Before we begin to reduce poverty, we should ask ourselves what it is.
Is the grad student surviving on scholarships and a ten dollar an hour job waiting tables living in poverty?
How about the drug dealer with a third grade education who is pulling down two hundred grand a month tax free?
Is there anyone in this country living in a one room shack made of cane, with a thatch roof and with chickens sharing living space? There are parts of the world where there are. Some of them are respected members of the village.
It seems to me that there is more to poverty than lack of income.