Takeo, in the US we have spent probably $12T to $15T to address poverty with utter failure. Wasted money on people who are irredeemable and unwilling to lift themselves out of their impoverished state regardless of how much time, money, and effort is thrust towards them all because of the myriad of issues that cause poverty, there is one underlying and direct cause that causes and keeps them there; bad decision making. People who are poor are simply bad, chronic, and abominable decision makers on a daily if not hourly basis. They make more bad decisions for themselves than anything else they do. They even think about how to keep making bad decisions to continue their cycle of being poor. Government just ends up being a co-dependent facilitator.