The biggest cause of poverty in Amercia today is having children out of wedlock. Single parent households comprise the largest group of people dependent on government assistance. Couple single parent households with a broken education system and high drop out rates, especially among children of color, and the results are easily understood. Frederick Douglas, a freed slave, said, "Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave." The "poor" in America have opportunity to education and social programs most of the world poor could only dream of. Poverty today is a result of misdirected priorities and a sense of entitlement, not conservative bigotry.