Though an aging boomer,  finding myself in a subsistance job at this late date,  I always endeavored to improve myself, and pay my own way. The following says it ALL:

“To preserve the independence of the people, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. Considering the general tendency to multiply offices and dependencies, and to increase expense to the ultimate term of burden which the citizen can bear, may it never be seen here that … government shall itself consume the residue of what it was instituted to guard. To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, ‘the guaranty to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.’ ” ~ Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Samuel Kercheval (12 July 1816).