One of our biggest problems is us, not them, but us...
What do i mean by us?
We, us, all too often if not all the time, speak and think of our place within the human group as us against them, as if "them" is really much different than "us". We are terrified of losing what we have, whether its our blanket to survive homeless on the streets, our jobs, our business what little money or great wealth we have. No one wants to lose all they've worked or scrounged for... Hoarders by nature, possessive we fight for what we have. And in any economic system the instrument, the means by which we trade for goods and services is the possession we hoard most, because it can get you anything. In a true socialist system there could only be us because our shares would be equal, there would not be an elite, no matter your position within the system, all are equal. But humans by nature are not socialist. We desire, we want more than others with whom we have equal desires and hoard what we desire to keep others who have equal desires from having as much or any at all of what we want as much. We are capitalist by nature and let the markets created by demand guide supply, demand & cost.
None of this is a political issue but a social issue. Politics itself is a market through which we accrue power, a desire; demand from strong (leaders), supplied by the weak (followers).
Poverty and wealth and the dilemma therein is a social issue, the poor wish for some or all of equal wealth, the rich want to keep it and we each define ourselves as us and them when in fact remove the fear from either and we are the same; we are each others enemy out of fear, justifiable because we do steal from each other; the rich live in denial of such crimes because they live within a system that supports stealing given names like tax loopholes, deductions so that the wealthy can keep more of the wealth they've gained while the poor have no such legal opportunity to keep the small amounts they receive and often resort to crime to gain more of what they have lost to the system that allows the rich to avoid contributing to society at all and still benefit from the infrastructure built from the sweat and upon the worn shoulders of the poor.