Let’s be honest. It’s relatively easy to do well in American society – far easier to do so than in any other major region of the world. I think we need to address this reality and confront the ungrateful attitude of those who are being propped up by the tax base. We’ll start with some basic facts to dispel some common myths: The “Poor”: * Forty-three percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio. * Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars. *Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning. *Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions. The “Poor” compared even to Western Europe: *The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.) * Poor Americans eat far more meat, are more likely to own cars and dishwashers, and are more likely to have basic modern amenities such as indoor toilets than is the general West European population. *Take note that this study was published in 2007, so it’s likely things have gotten even better for our “Poor”. Source: https://www.heritage.org/poverty-an...cas-poor-examining-the-plague-poverty-america Meanwhile, let’s take a look at what’s being contributed by the lower class: Income tax statistics – take a look at the following graph showing the Federal tax revenues broken down by quintile: *The bottom 40% are paying less than 5% of total revenues *The bottom 60% are paying less than 15% of total revenues Source: https://www.pgpf.org/budget-basics/who-pays-taxes The Outcome: The bottom 60%, who are far better off than the vast majority of the rest of the world (even America’s “Poor”) are barely contributing anything. In the meantime, they can vote in more freebies for themselves. Here are current suggestions being supported by the left to increase government spending (which will, of course, be paid by the higher income tax brackets): - Free Government Provided healthcare - Free higher-level education - Free miscellaneous items – ranging from cell phones to, believe it or not, cars! And thus, it’s illustrated how all democracies must eventually come to an end – when the public realizes it can vote itself free stuff, in return for no contribution. The major sign of a democracy ending like this is twofold: - The populace generally is very well off, even when compared to just 50 years ago - Nevertheless, the Politics of Envy come to the forefront. I.e. More is never enough. TLDR: If you’re “Poor” (even more-so Middle Class) in America, make like the Buddha, realize you have it pretty good, and show some gratitude for your situation. Stop demanding more free stuff – it’s highly likely you have more than enough compared to the Real poor in the Third World. It’s disgraceful to equate your situation with theirs. No Strawmen please, thanks.