Comment: Yes and no.

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Yes and no.

The Congressman is very short-sighted in explaining HOW poverty causes crime. As such, he can't equate it accurately and then caves on his stand.

So, yes, I believe the financial inequality (what others call poverty) causes crime. I just don't leave it so short. It's a driver because when the divide between the rich and the poor is so large and so visible, then you get the result. If everyone had a much lower standard of living (as in the interviewer's setup question) there would not be so much crime because the relative inequality is less than it is now.

Re-read the social ladder part again. It's key.