My imagined dialogue between a person struggling to make ends meet and an average conservative voter.
Poor person: I am struggling to make ends meet and that means that my family doesn't always have good food to eat. We often skip meals, in fact.
Conservative voter: You need to get a job and stop expecting others to take care of you.
PP: I have a job. In fact, I have two.
CV: Oh. Then you need a better job or to ask for a raise.
PP: I would love more money while working. Perhaps we could raise the minimum wage?
CV: No, that inconveniences people with money. You should go to school and get better trained.
PP: I would love to. Can you help me get affordable loans and affordable tuition?
PP: Ok, in the meantime, could you assist me with some food stamps or TANF?
CV: No, that is bad for you.
PP: But I am working hard and trying to do the right thing by my family. Why is that not enough?
CV: Life isn't fair. Sorry to be you.
PP: I see a Jesus fish on your car. Don't you believe that Jesus told you to help people like me?
CV: I am helping people like you learn self-reliance and hard work. I am helping those who have money because they have earned it and are not asking for a handout.
PP: you mean like tax breaks for the wealthy people who have expensive horses or private jets?
CV: You should not envy people who have more than you.
PP: Ok, what about healthcare? My wife is sick and the bills are really adding up.
CV: Healthcare is for the people who can afford it. We don't let people die on the street here. You can go to the emergency room.
PP: but that is stupid. My wife has a chronic illness that requires expensive medicines. And our children have no healthcare coverage.
CV: Stop asking for socialism. You shouldn't have had kids if you couldn't afford to take care of them.
PP: Should we have had that abortion?
CV: Of course not. You should have more money and the ability to take care of your family.