Well "anonymous coward", with all due respect yes the poor suffer but the independent middle class suffers as well. The ironic thing is all these government programs are meant to bring the poorest among us up, but it really just creates more poverty. At least low income earners can qualify for government assistance programs in healthcare, education, housing, food stamps, utilities subsidies, even government assisted cell phone plans. But what about the middle class family that barely gets by but now, due to higher costs of everything, can't anymore?
They're too "rich" to receive aid but too poor for anything in life to be easy.
Despite working endlessly, doing everything the "right" way, their story is little told.