Poverty is the enemy. It attacks all ages, genders and can be found around theglobe. Authorities on this subject have clear-cut ideas where to lay the blame.According to Patrick F. Fagan, who is the William H.G. FitzGerald Senior Fellow infamily and cultural issues at the Heritage Foundation, believes that “the likelihoodof whether a child will live in poverty is greatly influenced by the marital status of the child’s parents. Studies show that children of single parents are six times morelikely to be impoverished than children whose parents are married” Fagan asserts.Furthermore, “divorce is closely“Children born out of wedlock, especially to teenage mothers, also experience highrates of poverty,” Fagan continues. “This cycle often continues in the nextgeneration, since children of single parents are more likely to get pregnant beforemarriage, which lessens the likelihood that they will complete their education andobtain a good-paying job—thus making it more likely that their children will also beraised in poverty.” Jack M. Hollander, a professor of energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley blames poverty for another problem: environmentaldegradation. “The real enemy of the environment is poverty—the tragedy of billionsof the world's inhabitants who face hunger, disease, and ignorance each day of theirlives. Poverty is the environmental villain; poor people are its victims. Impoverishedpeople often do plunder their resources, pollute their environment, and overcrowdtheir habitats. They do these things not out of willful neglect but only out of theneed to survive.”Quan Li and Drew Schaub, professors of political science at Pennsylvania StateUniversity, extends the problems of privation ever further, alleging that the primarycause of terrorism is poverty. “Because poverty causes feelings of military andeconomic inferiority, people affected by it choose violent means to express theirdiscontent.” Consistent with this argument, [President George W.] Bush claimed, ina widely cited speech, that the United States would “ fight against poverty becausehope is an answer to terror.”Numerous academic and social science researchers have demonstrated how thepath to achieving a decent and stable income is still the traditional one: completeschool, get a job, get married, then have children, in that order. Another factor, theacquisition of a positive work ethic, may be especially vital in the war on poverty. Liand Schaub believe that “for economic globalization to reduce transnationalterrorism, globalization has to be able to promote economic development andreduce poverty.” As a consequence, Hollander states: “With the increase of freedomand affluence—both are crucial—people are then likely to become motivated andincreasingly able to apply the necessary political will, economic resources, andtechnological ingenuity to address environmental issues more broadly.” Poverty isindeed the enemy. It has a negative ripple effect on families, the environment andsociety as a whole.POVERTY: THE ROOT OF ALL EVILAs the margin of the rich and the poor widens, global poverty to day has increased,the middle class cannot catch up with the rich and slid back among the poorcausing the numbers of the poor to rise up,poverty in today's global village hasbecome the root cause of all evils, because it has power and the ability to makepeople compromise their once held and respected moral values, cultures andreligious beliefs, poverty has created a new race of people with common marks of frustrations, loss of hope, prospects and value for life.