Some people live in poverty because they have no job; workers without jobs are going to be poor.
On November 1 of this year, the country's food stamp program (referred to as "SNAP," which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) took a big hit when its funding was cut by $5 billion or roughly 7% a person. This occurred when part of the 2009 economic stimulus package, which included a 13% boost for SNAP, expired.
Wall Street got its profits from the stimulus packages and now the people hurt have their standard of living cut; this is neither fair nor just.
There are many ways to fund increases in food stamps:
Cut the military budget.
Tax the rich.
Tax corporate profits.
Tax Wall Street transactions.
Cut the pay of politicians.
Increase the Minimum Wage to a real living wage based on all cost-of-living factors and pay those without jobs a real living income for the duration of their unemployment.
Fixing this Food Stamp problem is a very simple issue; if these politicians in Washington can't solve a problem like this, how can we expect them to solve any problems working people are experiencing?