You think most poor people are poor because they just don't feel like getting a job?
There are a growing number of Americans who are incapable or unwilling, or both, of producing anything of significant commercial value. It's often due to one or more failures on their part and it's disingenuous to argue otherwise, but leaving it at that is not a solution, nor is this the sole cause. Some are genuinely victims of circumstance, biological or social.
I'm no leftist or liberal, but a solution like the FairTax, where everyone is taxed a flat rate based on consumption and gets a minimal check every month (no means testing) to help them make ends meet if they are a citizen, is not a horrible solution. I personally think the FairTax proposal is too small, I'd like to see something more like 25% and $1K per month, but we could start someplace.
RAM wasn't built in a day.