The population of people born with all those advantages but who still end up on the dole is pretty damn large.
Sure. Being born with advantages doesn't mean you'll succeed, or have the drive to succeed even if it would have been relatively easy for you.
But that really has no bearing on the fact that once your at the bottom, it is that many times harder to get out.
More importantly, its a generational cycle -- if you remove the supports the children of those at the bottom will have virtually no upward mobility either.
We want class mobility to have a healthy society.
What, pray tell, has 50 years of the war on poverty and all its social welfare programs costing $22T and counting (and adding about $1T annually now) done to *actually* change the life of the inner-city urban poor, the rural poor, the homeless drunks and addicts?
Take a look at the poor in an actual 3rd world country. Consider the relative standards of life. Consider the relative class mobility. Then tell me our "poor" aren't doing a LOT better than they are. A good reason why is precisely because the support we provide, small as it is, is enough to give those with drive the opportunity to succeed.
Lots of stories of poor people winning the lottery and being broke again in a few years.
Managing money is a skill itself. Putting a lot of water in a leaking bucket isn't going to fix the bucket.
But there are many many people who have succeeded on their own.
Sure there are. But we aren't all Oprah.
Can we do anything about women like this "I got 15 kids & 3 baby daddy's"
The Idiocracy phenomena, right? :)
I agree with you, I'd like to see that fixed. I'm not sure what the solution is... but a good start of it would be free birth control. Obamacare got that RIGHT, but its not good enough yet. Free birth control should be universally available. It won't eliminate the problem entirely but its a huge step. And I'm not talking just free condoms... I'm talking the pill, IUDs, for women, RISUG type tech for men, no co-pays, no exceptions for the church.
As a society we should be making that available to everyone. I'm not going to force men and women not to have children -- the slippery slope once you start deciding who can and who can't have kids is just too great. But unwanted pregnancy should be eliminated from the first world.
the homeless drunks and addicts?
That's another difficult problem. But more those people are more than just poor ... they're 'broken'. Its not merely lack of education and money. They aren't Eddie Murphy from Trading Places... and just need the opportunity. You give them a job and they wouldn't show up. You give them a home and they'd shit in the bedroom and sell the lightbulbs. They're mentally handicapped, autistic, obsessive compulsive, and then toss alcohol and drugs on top of that. Then add in various further health issues, complications from their lifestyle, etc.
I don't know what the solution is, but blaming them for it is just silly.