It's apparent you don't like studies. But here's another one anyway.<quoted text>
"Education and personal choices are
the dominant factors determining inequality."
funny as it reveals your world outlook.
How Poor Are America's Poor? Examining the "Plague" of Poverty in America
Robert Rector and Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D.
"In good economic times or bad, the typical poor family with children is supported by only 800 hours of work during a year: That amounts to 16 hours of work per week. If work in each family were raised to 2,000 hours per year the equivalent of one adult working 40 hours per week throughout the year nearly 75 percent of poor children would be lifted out of official poverty.
"Father absence is another major cause of child poverty. Nearly two-thirds of poor children reside in single parent homes; each year, an additional 1.3 million children are born out of wedlock. If poor mothers married the fathers of their children, almost three-quarters would immediately be lifted out of poverty.
"But if poverty means lacking nutritious food, adequate warm housing, and clothing for a family, relatively few of the 35 million people identified as being 'in poverty' by the Census Bureau could be characterized as poor. While material hardship does exist in the United States, it is quite restricted in scope and severity. The average 'poor' person, as defined by the government, has a living standard far higher than the public imagines."
(Please check out all references in this study before poo-pooing it just because it's a Heritage Foundation source.)