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.
"The kingdoms of experience
In the precious winds they rot
While paupers change possessions
Each one wishing for what the other has got
And the princess and the prince
Discuss what's real and what is not
It doesn't matter inside the Gates of Eden"
I've always liked the line from the Ten Years After song : "Tax the rich, feed the poor, 'til there are no rich no more" because it perfectly encapsulates the collectivist mindset. Notice the song doesn't say "Tax the rich, feed the poor, 'til there are no poor no more", the poor ye shall have with you always. No, it's about greed and envy and the preference for equality in poverty and misery rather than inequality in wealth and comfort. The average "poor" person in America lives a far better life than most of humanity for most of human history could ever have dreamt of thanks to capitalism, the invisible hand of the free market, and the individual right to the pursuit of happiness and the collectivists cannot stand the fact that this happened without them and their superior wisdom in charge. They truly would rather reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven and they are determined to destroy the progress humanity has made over the last few centuries in order to build their Hell.
In America I could absolutely take almost anyone and guide/coach them into becoming rich. I could show them how to make more money and how to budget so they could save more money. I could show them how to invest their wealth so that it grows. This is absolutely doable. Where it would fail is in that most people want to spend everything they earn. That and bad habits is why we have poor people.