smartmoney saidCan't we just pass a law making it illegal to be poor?
It's not written into law, but being poor is already illegal in other ways.
Need a job? Most companies do credit checks as part of the pre-employment screening. If your credit score is low, you don't get the job.
In between jobs and late on a payment? You're charged a late fee. In some cases, late fees are added daily till the final bill is paid. So much for getting back on your feet once you start the new job.
Laid off? Good luck finding assistance while looking for another job. Unemployment usually doesn't pay enough to cover bills, much less basic living expenses...not to mention they cut the funds if they find out you're making extra money from side jobs. You'll eventually be in the above category.
Don't have a car? Good luck getting a job ANYWHERE (except major metro areas where public transport is reliable).
Once you go broke in the US, it's extremely difficult to get back on your feet. It's not illegal to be broke. In fact, it's worse. At least in jail you'd be able to eat.