In America, the poor are not ever supposed to complain about anything.
Not their working conditions, not their living conditions, not about having to decide between food, utilities or rent.
When they do complain, they are told that they aren’t really poor, that other people have it worse, their past decisions or education are scrutinized and picked apart and it always comes down to some conclusion that it’s somehow their own fault.
A good deal of Americans hate the poor. Oh, most of them may not come right out and say, “I hate poor people.” but they hate poor people.
They blame all this country’s problems on the poor, they basically tell the poor to shut up and be happy with what they have, even when what they have might not be anywhere near a decent living situation.
They complain about paying for poor people’s medical care or food with ‘their tax money’, they will blame the poor for their own plight and defend such by finding one or two instances in a person’s past of making a bad decision, or even make up hypotheticals to blame a poor person’s situation on them.
Some of this comes from a just world fallacy where some people simply can not fathom a world where hard work isn’t always rewarded, and all too often lazy inept people with good connections or a rich family are rewarded.
But, that said, it feels like a lot of Americans simply have a disdain for the poor and would be more than happy to let people, adults and children starve or go without medical care, because, “It’s their own fault.”