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People mythologize the poor.

Some of these stories are harmless. The old caricature of a hobo with his bindle really only affects lazy animators, If the worst that comes from their afternoon is an unrealistic belief in the cargo capacity of bandanas, that's not so bad.

Most of these stories, though, are not, and they affect people's lives. When politicians see poverty as under control they might move to cut the very programs people depend on to keep their heads above water. Believing that poverty is a choice can lead to the same consequences.

The truth about poverty is that it's widely misunderstood, and often for very good reason. This is a complicated subject. There's almost never one clear reason why someone is poor, and most people want to believe that financial desperation could never happen to them.

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Which is how we get these ten myths about life in poverty.