Oh goodie to the answers demonizing the poor already as though it is so simple to just turn off the complex mindsets that create that problem. There is also a society in this country that avoids facing the massive poverty because they see themselves as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. While it is true that individuals need to be accountable and do what they can to elevate themselves; it is also true that poverty is a systemic problem in this country. If we are honest, It's not only bad personal choices, it is indeed systemic.
Giant corporations put profits before people routinely. They pay the bare minimum they can get away with; many offshore to avoid taxes (the ones that pay for the schools that allow for that popular bootstrapping theory) They fight anything that would make them invest in their own workers. This is just one of the many issues, but there is limited space here. Why are so many WalMart workers on Food Stamps? We demonize those on welfare taking assistance, maybe it's time to start demonizing massive corporations who don't give a living wage and benefits to their workers, you know the not lazy people showing up every day to work jobs that people look down their noses at. Should our tax dollars be paying for that?
It's not a wonder that many poor people struggle to find incentive when they are treated like lazy subhumans by so many in this society. Many of the people getting assistance work min. wage jobs out of necessity. Many are college graduates who thought they were doing the right thing to better themselves taking on thousands in student loan debt, only to find the jobs are not there when they graduate. Being poor in this country is often about far more than just not bootstrapping enough. When you feel the world is against you, solutions are harder to see.
Until this mentality is gone and we actually start giving people a hand up, demand that our businesses pay living wages (which is what gives people time to learn a skill instead of work 3 jobs) then we might see some changes. Most of your working poor are NOT lazy and until some people here have walked a mile in someone else's shoes, well - you know the rest. It's easy to judge and point fingers though, not so much to fix a whole broken society.