She has a point:
The most effective anti-poverty formula in America is: (1) graduate from high school; (2) don't have children before you are married and only have the number of children you can afford; (3) stay out of jail; (4) don't abuse drugs; and (5) have a decent work ethic; and save some of your hard-earned money. People who are chronically poor (as opposed to a temporary setback or folks who are recent immigrants) typically have broken at least three of these self-help rules. Often, all five. While they don't preach what they practice (yes, preach what they practice) in their own lives to others, liberal folks like Michael Eric Dyson used this formula to rise. It is the same formula that enabled my family to rise from slaves to poor farmers or sharecroppers to now three generations of folks who have gone to college on both sides of my family. Same for other folks.