Hope, Housing, and Hoop-la. Hope and Housing address poverty and other issues. Meanwhile, we're getting a bunch of Hoop-lah from the NCGA.
In the movie In the Line of Fire, Clint Eastwood's character rants about "window dressing." That's when politicians and administrators make decisions based on optics rather than what would be the most effective way to accomplish a task.
Currently, when it comes to Medicaid Expansion, Broadband Access, and Teacher Pay, North Carolina legislators are highlighting a lot of window dressing in hopes of deceiving North Carolinians into re-electing them. They want you to shout "Hurray!" but mostly, it's a bunch of Hoop-lah.
Poverty-Hope, Genuine Opportunity, and Accumulation
"Poor" is a relative term. I've seen shanty towns in Kenya and Mexico. To them, someone living in a trailer park is "rich." To a foster child whose parents prefer the drug trade over them, the child with loving parents is rich. To the father who hates his job but keeps it because it's the only job he's qualified for, the father who loves his job with sick leave, vacation time, insurance, and 401K is rich. The key is not making everyone the same but improving the system so if people want to change, they have access to resources which can facilitate the change.
The keys for addressing poverty are: Hope, Genuine Opportunity, and Accumulation.