Part of the issue with the war on poverty is that it seemed completely reasonable “Give people just enough to lift themselves up out of dire need and they’ll do the rest.”
Only people don’t work like that. No?
Okay, do an experiment with your toddler: offer them a food they like well enough but aren’t crazy about – say eggs – and tell them they can have chocolate cake instead if they clean their room to your satisfaction.
Sure they’ll take the bait SOMETIMES, but most of the time they’ll shrug and have the egg.
Just one tasty snack from a buffet table of pondering on poverty.