How is that we hear so many stories of Asian immigrants coming to this country with nothing, or next to nothing and pulling themselves up by their bootstraps, often with less than most native-born people who linger in stagnant poverty over generations.
The asian immigrants have one thing going for them; hope. People here in the vicious cycle of poverty have often given up on themselves, and are actually in a position where they feel hopeless.
The native family likely has a drug abuse problem, maybe a alcoholic father or a mother addicted to gambling. You can succeed in life if you have the drive and determination to do so, but these kids from these fucked up homes come out fucked up too, and the cycle continues.
For the state to defeat poverty, it takes investment, time, and determination. You can blame the individual, but you should also blame their circumstances.