Where does this notion come from: the idea that poverty can be eliminated? What form of insanity creates this sort of delusion? And I say insanity because that is the only way to define the belief that such delusions are an achievable reality. They are not. By definition, poverty can never be eliminated, and I will happily explain – nay – prove this to be true.
On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” co-host Krystal Ball suggested that the United States implement a minimum guaranteed income for every “non-incarcerated adult citizen.” The enormous entitlement program would “eliminate poverty” completely, Ball claimed.
OK, set aside the economics and the injustice in this statement. Those issues are irrelevant to the point at hand: that poverty cannot be “eliminated.” Let’s just stay on track. First, the definition of poverty: