One in seven Americans lives in poverty, according to the most recent Census Bureau data [pdf]. It's the highest rate since 1994, and the highest number (43.6 million in 2009 – up from 39.8 million in 2008) since 1959, the first year for which we have poverty estimates. Children under 18 are even worse off, with one in five in poverty. What can we do to reduce poverty? Submit your idea below, or comment or expand upon those of others.