They're examples of what systemic poverty does to people.
How is utter dependence not part of systemic poverty?
It happened because Bush/Cheney diverted resources meant for disaster preparedness to the war in Iraq (and by extension their own pockets).
That's the response. Few such resources would have been necessary if people had actually evacuated.
If they did Paul Ryan (who's family's fortune was made paving roads for the government) would be suicidal.
You are being obtuse. Surely you recognize that I am not talking about government contractors or people who simply work for the government.
I'd like to say you're just somebody who never experienced real hardship in lift by I know better.
No, you'd be absolutely correct. I've lived a charmed life - my parents were not rich, but they made sure that I had a roof over my head, all the schooling I could eat, and they frankly spoiled me rotten. I used this opportunity to get a useful degree that pays well (engineering), and I haven't had any major health issues. But despite that, I understand just how quickly it can all go south. I could easily have had a car accident or major health problem that caused me to lose my job and health insurance. I could easily have wound up on disability and utter dependence on government. But that's not really what I'm talking about here. My wife works at a hospital in a very poor area. The people who live there are generally able of body, but they use their minds to game the system because that is the incentive structure that they are presented with. Their schools suck, their upbringing is violent, and they develop no skill set beyond gaming the system. I'm not blaming them, I'm not judging them. Yet, from the perspective of the people setting up the programs that are intended to help them, they are indeed acting like "douchebags" - misusing the system. My contention is that the system is what is broken - the incentives are all misaligned with the goals of bringing people out of poverty.
You're not being compassionate or decent.
Defending the status quo is also not compassionate.