Poverty, in our own developed nation, is almost a taboo topic. People do not like to discuss it, and social welfare in regards to helping the poor are a hot topic in politics right now. Many people wonder why the government enables the poor to stay poor and to live on the government’s (taxpayer’s) dollar. Others think that of course social welfare is necessary. When it comes to poverty, most people don’t address that there are two types: situational vs. generational. Generational poverty is a family that has been living below the poverty line for more than two generations. Generational poverty is not going to be solved by pity, but education. The children within generational poverty have a right to educators who will encourage them to pursue their education beyond high school. We need to move to oppress ignorance instead of an entire population of people who are limited on their knowledge about how you can actually live in America. The gap between the poverty-stricken and the rest of the population is growing rapidly. It is currently becoming more and more difficult to bridge that gap. Situational poverty, however, has a quick fix, typically. These people include those who may have recently lost a job, lost the household’s “breadwinner”, or been involved in a natural disaster. Although some of these factors could turn into generational poverty (namely, the natural disaster factor), most of these can be aided, and ultimately fixed by social welfare and hard work, coupled with a great personal support system. Knowing the difference between the two can be how we truly make strides to eradicate poverty in our great nation.