I agree. But my point has always been that America does a lousy job of helping the poor that want to work.
This is because some of you are so pre-occupied with looking after yourselves, what you like to call "personal responsibility", that you have become a little tight in the purse strings.
The requirements are simple.
A good, free education. Means-tested. Even university education. No poor, bright kid left behind. Schools should be free for kids from poor families, even the meals. All schools should be open to kids from all areas. Rich area schools should have quotas for enrolling kids from poor backgrounds. The Feds should be queueing up to pay for bright poor kids. But I don't see 'em.
Good, free access to healthcare, drugs and dental. Means-tested. No questions asked. One form (your W2). No co-pays. If you are poor, you get it. Kids shouldn't even need a form. If you're a kid you should get free healthcare. Period.
An allowance to cover job search costs. How else can a poor person afford to find a job?
Generous benefits for the unemployable through disability; injury on the job etc.
If you do these things the country will get more back in taxes that it would ever spend in providing them.