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Poverty: lack of money or material possessions
Poverty can be a social problem. If poverty leads to crime; then it is a problem. Poverty may be a symptom of life choices made by generations of people.
"Here's Williams' roadmap out of poverty: Complete high school; get a job, any kind of a job; get married before having children; and be a law abiding citizen. Among both black and white Americans so described, the poverty rate is in the single digits."
from Daily Press 01/14/04, 'Poverty' extent vastly overrated.