I found the following speech by Abraham Lincoln among my mother's collection of saved papers. I thought that it articulates very well to what our country is bedeviled with.
"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot help the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
My Mother had a saying that she taught us often, "Drinking champagne on a beer budget."
What that really means is people living beyond their ability to do so.
My Mother was very wise!