Its true that poverty cannot be completely eliminated. However there are relativly few people whom belong to that category. In my expirience, those are the mentally handicapped, and the elderly (if you are broke when you reach your 60's, there isnt much opportunity anymore). Perhaps some single mothers belong to that category as well, However I think we can all agree that there are a great many people in the ranks of poverty who can get out of it, but dont. So by definition, "its their own damn fault" as a friend of mine likes to put it.
But I am not looking at this from the point of view of sympathy. Its not that I feel sorry for those people, I dont. Its that I think society as a whole would be better off if they were productive members of the middle class, and by extention I would be better off as well if there were fewer poor people around. Yeah, I'm selfish like that.
When you are in the poverty ranks, the idea of wealth creation seems downright alien. You take no steps towards it, because it is not a path that is "allowed" to you. Few try, the concern is just "getting by", which becomes a self fullfilling prophecy. In that, I agree with the article. However, dumping a great deal of money on a person in that situation may not be a very good solution. Sure they dont have to worry about "getting by" anymore, but what incentive do they have to get out of this situation and put the free lunch behind? Perhaps a social stigma could do the trick, but in this country people get waay to outrages about social stigmas. If our society was rich enough to pay each and every person, rich or poor, a minimum "get by" allowance, maybe thing would be slightly different, but again, its a pipe dream.
In my expirience, the biggest motivator to get out of poverty is pride. There is something to be said for carrying your own weight, yada yada. But how do you turn pride into policy?