Ever noticed how those arguing for "personal responsibility" are never ugly, poor, old or ill?
Well, it doesn't work. At least not for those that are left out.
The number of Americans living in poverty rose to a record 46.2 million last year, official data has shown.
This is the highest figure since the US Census Bureau started collecting the data in 1959.
The US definition of poverty is an annual income of $22,314 or less for a family of four and $11,139 for a single person.
President Barack Obama last week launched a new $450bn job creation plan.
He wants to fund huge construction projects, schools and services, while giving tax cuts to workers and small businesses to boost recruitment.
However, his plans require backing from Congress, where Republicans - who control the House of Representatives - have voiced their opposition.