The Poor Get Poorer: 3 Character Traits That Undermine Prosperity
Sense of Entitlement
In today's (North) America, there is little financial incentive to better oneself anyway, thanks to "entitlements" that are (involuntarily) paid for by harder-working, more responsible citizens.
Behold: according to the graph above, a "a one-parent family of three making $14,500 a year (minimum wage) has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year."
Part of the reason America is so divided is that even when we use simple, commonplace words, those words have very different meanings, depending upon who is using them.
When rich people talk about "taxes," they're adding up all the money they've honestly earned and are now forced to pay to the state.
But when "poor" people talk about "taxes," they're making a list of all the new crap they're going to buy when they get their refund check.
According to one source, "30 percent of tax units" -- that is, households and individuals -- "actually made money off the income tax system for the 2009 tax year."