before we blame the poor

To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there’s more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of welfare. — Norman Mailer

I find it difficult to disagree with Mr. Mailer’s statement. I’ve seen a lot more abuse of government favors by the rich than by the poor.

We find it easy to blame the poor for doing what the rich are praised for doing on a far larger scale. For the poor it is about survival. For the rich it’s about greed.

What do you think? Do you agree? If you disagree I would love the hear why.