Top 4 myths about poverty
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- The poor are totally to blame or have no responsibility-either is wrong. Many factors are beyond their control, others aren’t. (2)
- Poverty is a permanent condition. (9)
- Most poor people don’t work (Fact: The majority of people living in poverty actually have jobs. But you can work two minimum-wage jobs and still not make above poverty wage.) (5), OR if they have full-employment then they aren’t poor. (The term “full-employment” erroneously suggests a kind of comfort. It tends to mask minimum wages and inadequate health care coverage.) (10)
- Poor people are likely to have a specific set of values, political beliefs and education. (8)