Want to end poverty in America? It's pretty simple.

It's pretty simple: flood impoverished areas with money and capital

(Image credit: (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson))

Last week, The Washington Post's Max Ehrenfreund caught a Reddit thread that reveals how brutally simple it is to eradicate American poverty, and yet how muddled American policy-making can be on the subject.

In short, if you’re poor in America, the economy works in a fundamentally different way than if you have means: rather than giving you opportunities to build up savings and capital, it treats you as an unending source of regular small-bore profit, bleeding you for what little you have.

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