NotNow the problem is so many who want to be responsible can't. For one thing the jobs just aren't there. Sure there are a ton of jobs that pay HORRIBLE wages. Wages that the average poor person can't live on. Look at WalMart. They pay nothing and most of their employees have to have Food Stamps and Medicaid to get by. And yes they could find other work, but guess what not all jobs pay $20 an hour. Yes they could get additional training or education, but in most cases the jobs aren't there.
The large company I work for is more than doubling their staff. It's a retail job. But guess what? Most employees will be part time and make $8 to $10 an hour. No insurance and with part time hours that is not making a living wage.
I used to work for Bell South who paid a good solid middle class wage, but AT&T has all their new hires on a 3 year contract so they can fire them at will after three years and don't have to pay them as well. Many people working for AT&T make $12 an hour as opposed to $20 plus when it was Bell South. And believe me many of the jobs were very demanding and stressful. I will add that everyone that still works for them since I left, hate working for them. And these are people who loved their job 6 or 7 years ago when it was BS.
So as more and more decent paying jobs go away, and big corporations continue to make record profits and pay less and give less benefits including medical coverage the more I believe we live in a greedy and soulless society.
Almost all the tea party people I have met aren't ashamed to say they really don't care about people who are in need. They only care about themselves. I have had that said to me whether they mean it or not.
I am the first to say that people who refuse to work and just want to leech off the government are a real liability and it makes me angry too.
But we are creating a greedy society that is making it harder for honest decent people who want to work, who want to support themselves, to even earn enough to be self sufficient.
As the decent middle class jobs go so does the middle class.
I left BellSouth because I was surplussed. Why did that happen? Because BS stockholders were not pleased with the slightly, and I mean slightly less growth for the quarter than was projected. When greedy stockholders speak hundreds lose their job. Believe me BS, at least at that time was making BILLIONS, but about 200 people hit the streets over a .00001 percentage point.
So yes I think we are a soulless greedy society.