(The Contributor) -- wealthy white conservative males believe they deserve their good fortunes, and that the poor are taking handouts. But on average little of the money of the wealthiest Americans is spent on productive job-creating ventures. Potential young entrepreneurs, in contrast, are too often mired in debt and deprived of opportunities to prosper.
Based on the evidence, the very people demeaned by the rich as 'lazy' are generally the hardest workers.
Most Safety Net Recipients Are Working
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Almost 63 percent of America's work-eligible poor are working, and 73 percent of public support recipients are members of working families. As noted by Paul Krugman, "only 26 percent of jobless Americans are receiving any kind of unemployment benefit, the lowest level in many decades."
For Those Who Aren't Working, Living-Wage Opportunities Aren't Available