Choices and habits
Congress wants to cut food stamps. Despite the plain evidence that kids will go hungry if this happens, there are many people who believe that cutting food stamps makes sense, because poverty is choice, and people need to choose differently.
Poverty is caused by bad choices. Good choices and good decisions and habits can get people back into the middle class.
This is the message of the GOP and of our culture: Poverty is caused by personal habits, choices and character.