More than three out of four self-described conservatives believe “poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.”
The reality is that most of the USA's poor work two or more jobs.
David Brooks has never made much sense to me, but his recent statement that "Instead of taxing the rich, David Brooks wants to beg them to stop ...." In other words, go ahead and exploit the men and women who produce the good and services consumed by our nation and by people around the world, but just don't flaunt it. Ye gads man, where are your morals?
The reality is non-workers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing.
"In fact, we’re on the cusp of the largest inter-generational wealth transfer in history.
"The wealth is coming from those who over the last three decades earned huge amounts on Wall Street, in corporate boardrooms, or as high-tech entrepreneurs.
"It’s going to their children, who did nothing except be born into the right family.
~ Robert Reich, The Rise of the Non-Working Rich, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The thing that troubles me is all the young, poor, working class men and women see all the extravagant things being purchased and used by the wealthy. The internet flaunts the stuff of wealth. These hard working, ambitious, enterprising, active people have some kind of notion that they are entitled to that stuff. They watch the advertisements, they see the splendor of fast cars or exotic machines. They yearn for the fancy house with the kitchens that knocks my socks off, the baby gear that is to die for, and they have not a chance in a lifetime to have these things. This stuff.
Discontented? Yes! Dissatisfied? Oh my goodness, are they ever. Angry? Some are! Afraid? yes, often! Tormented? I see it all around me.
So, given the reality that the idle rich young men and women and their parents believe poor people live off the government dole without doing anything. The middle class thinks they have a chance to ring those bells of the idle rich if they just work hard, budget wisely but be frugal, they too could enjoy the fruits of their labor. Wake up, small business and wage workers. The deck is stacked against you. Find a friend who knows what is happening and join with other like minded people struggling to make a living. It is the only way I know of to make such a huge social change.