Paul, well put. I really think that being poor "is a state of mind". If one is wealthy and doesn't have happiness in their life, to me they are poor. When one looks at the majority of the other countries, around the world, where they literally have to "fend for themselves" without any government assistance, they are "poor in finances" but not "poor in spirit". I believe that too much "financial assistance" is given out in the United States to people who are "abusing the system". I am a firm believer in Keynesian economics, which was used widely during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency. Let the government spend money on "jobs, jobs, jobs" to put people "back to work". They will then "earn their money" and "spend it" so it will help other people. Public assistance, like unemployement and disability should only be given to those that really need it!