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Poverty in the U.S. is a structural problem created by economic thinking errors and institutional poverty traps. The working poor are a social problem created by politics. The low minimum wage does not support a most basic lifestyle and as a result, food stamps, free medical services, and other programs become necessary to cover the gap. Mostly the Middle Class Americans subsidize this insufficient minimum wage with their taxes and unknowingly and indirectly support the bottom line of companies that underpay their employees. Economic thinking errors are the source of our entitlement society.