Even the poorest Americans have access to resources that were undreamed of by kings 100 years ago, but they are still impoverished. If you compare how folks live in the rest of the world (Check out Viikii.com for videos from all over to see how the rest of the world lives) you would see, in terms of cash anyway, no one in American is poor. However, we do have people who are malnourished and always dependent on others for everything. Poverty is not having a small amount of cash, it is using the cash badly. Poverty is sexual incontinence, drug dependence, broken homes, lazyness, juggling debt. Under this formulation Lindsy Lohan and Paris Hilton live in poverty. One can be poor, but not in poverty. Being poor sucks, but is often fate. You can take charge and change it Poverty is where your behavior sucks, and karma bites you in the ass.