1. Poverty "just happens" to people through no fault of their own.
2. If people make poor choices, we should give them more money to make poor choices with.
3. If they still don't make better choices, we should just give them free stuff (section-8 housing, Obamaphone, food stamps, Obamacare, etc.) and thus take choices away from them and force other choices upon them.
What is interesting about the Washington Post article is the shaming aspect of it. According to the Post, people who point out the poor often make poor choices above are just using psychological hooey to feel better about themselves and feel better about caring less for the poor! You heartless bastard!
In other words, no one is allowed to discuss this without having their motives questioned, instead of questioning the logic of their arguments.
This is the sort of thing that is infuriating about the Left, and I consider myself to be liberal, too!