We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's not a bad deal to be poor in America. Government benefits are almost endless, not to mention private charity. Everybody will try to give you money and stuff. American "poor" don't have to work, have big TVs, cars, and air-conditioning, EBT cards, food stamps, and subsidized housing. Good for them.
If feeling poor is appealing, there is a sure-fire way to accomplish that. Be single, have kids, and don't work. Don't get any religious sustenance, and don't learn how to do anything useful. Add a little substance abuse or jail tattoos to that or some body piercings, for maximum effect, and make sure you have no positive social network. In other words, don't build your life in a rational, civilized manner.
I worked at the Monroe NY post office in the '70's which cover Kiryas Joel, the poorest village in America. I can vouch for his claim that nearly everyone there was on welfare. On welfare check day we would have five trays of mail and 99% of the checks would go to Kiryas Joel. The Hasidic men were all considered unpaid rabbi's and as such had no real occupation. In reality most of them worked in the diamond district down in NYC. They were all on welfare, but they were far from poor. They knew how to work the system.
This is what is causing the national debt and destroying the country. This is a serious problem, it is likely that we will have a economic collapse that will be far worse then the great depression. It is equally as likely that our political system will collapse as well because of this impending disaster. I am not sure America will survive this and yet our politicians and media watchdogs are blissfully carving up the spoils. Yes! It really is that bad. It isn't obvious to everyone yet but it will be. I can't believe our politicians have choosen to trade the greatest country in the world for votes to retain power bought with repressive taxes on the productive people. They can't all be so stupid (like McCain) that they don't actually know what is happening. Most of them certainly know what the've done.
I grew up in Monroe NY and I'll add my sister's experience in the '70s. She was 17 and got a temporary job cleaning house for a woman who was 23 yrs old with 5 children. She had a back problem and my sister was paid by social services for her housecleaning duties prior to Passover when their house was required by their religion to be spotlessly cleaned, even if the government had to pay for it. My sister was embarrassed to cash the check as it looked like she was getting assistance.