Politicians worry about “income distribution” between the upper class and the lower class. The concept is flawed. There is not a fixed amount of money to be “distributed” among classes. This is a the Communist concept of “Exploitation of the Class Struggle”. Our free market economy creates money without limit. High taxes on the wealthy slows our economy and drives money out of the country and kills jobs.
Reasons for poverty are many; lack of education, discrimination, personal qualities, handicaps, government policies, etc. The US has been a beacon attracting immigrants because it has high opportunity.
Government welfare provides a safety net for low income people and persons with variable income. But it is easy to become dependant on this welfare if it provides the basic necessities especially in a difficult job market like we have today. The number of people accepting welfare and not working is alarming. Some politicians encourage this thinking that the welfare persons will vote for them. Recently there has been a reference to this as the “47%” and ignoring them. I care about the 47% and poor people and I will work to help them. We need more than middle class jobs. We need a better life for lower income persons. Being on welfare is not a great life. We can do better.