Mr. Rachel gets to the heart of the matter in the following video. It’s all about the dependence.
Hmm. Maybe there is something to be said for the principle known as “following the money” after all? For some additional reading on poverty here in the US and why folks stay there, you could do worse than this piece by Bill Frezza:
Now, take a look at the long and growing list of government income redistribution programs whose eligibility depend on the official declaration of the poverty line. Here lies the answer to what motivates government policy. We have adopted a policy that guarantees the poor will always be with us, along with the millions of poverty industry professionals whose livelihood depends on serving them.