Three Simple Rules Poor Teens Should Follow to Join the Middle Class It has nothing to do with oppression, race, religion, etc. Follow three simple rules and you will not be poor: #1) Graduate High School #2) Get a job #3) Don't become a single parent. This is from the LEFT leaning Brookings Institute. One way to pay down debt and improve our budget is to reduce entitlements such as welfare and this is a start. Today, more than 40% of American children, including more than 70% of black children and 50% of Hispanic children, are born outside marriage. The above is ridiculous. I would even consider paying young women NOT to have kids until marriage or they can afford it to make sure they don't get on welfare and continue this cycle. I welcome all your thoughts. Even the crazy Leftist ones.