A good article detailing the fact that poverty levels in America in the "good old days" of say "the '50's", were HIGHER than they are now, and then spending on the LOWER level of poverty is much higher than it was then. However, less educated whites are dying in droves.
The problem is NOT material, it is spiritual.
This is a textbook illustration of the spiritual and moral crisis – the loss of core values – that has slowly poisoned American culture over the decades. Marriages take work. Restless spirits have to be tempered with self-control. To declare these obvious truths isn’t cruel. Indeed, to relieve people of responsibility for their actions is to treat them like children. It’s the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”The basic answer is the same old answer as is all of history -- God, Family, Community, all of which have been heavily damaged and in many cases destroyed for many individuals by "The Party". One place I cover this is here.