Poverty and Progress

I read that 37 million Americans (about 11% of the population) live below the poverty line. Children and many adults among this group are struggling to survive. Few of them have the means or the resources to improve their lives. I favor instituting a minimum income for everyone. How could that be financed? The answer: Set up a far more progressive tax structure. At present, accomplishing that would be politically impossible. We need to educate people as to why so many are pinned down in the land of conspicuous abundance.