Poverty is normally a viscious cycle. Not always but many times it goes for generations.
I was thinking the PA thread that we are arguing about what should be allowed to be bought, etc.
I think a better question is how do you break that cycle?
I know too many people on public assistance who never seem to be able to break out of it. There are a variety of reasons for it (and yes, sometimes it is because of very poor choices) but how do we teach our children not to fall into that trap.
I grew up pretty low income (I wouldn't say poverty level but close) and had a great childhood. However, my parents knew where they went wrong and really stressed education. THey were both hard working and gave us a good work ethic. But, my Dad never took school seriously and never had the kind of job he really wanted. My mom was more successful with her career but regrets not doing more because she came from an immigrant, Italian family where women did not work.
Anyway, I think the bigger question is how to break the cycle of poverty so the next generation does better?