So you're asking me to summarize your point of view? Will you also be wiling to summarize mine?
As I understand it, you are asking us to have more sympathy for the working poor who make just slightly too much to qualify for any kind of assistance. I'd like to remind you that my attempts to sympathize kind of backfired with at least one other person. I tried to explain that I am mentally preparing myself for the difficult transitions that I have been, and will be, going through as my income increases and I gradually qualify for less and less assistance. I've explained that sometimes, an increase in income is not quite enough to make up for the reduction in a benefit.
My statements were misinterpreted as me saying that I'm trying my best not to work too much so as to be able to hang on to my current level of assistance. I realized that I may not have worded things in the best way, so I came back to explain what I'd really meant to say -- that I see an increase in income as, overall, a very wonderful thing. My comments about losing some of our food stamps when my income increased a while back, and about me knowing that I will eventually need to pay a co-pay's for my girls' medicaid, were seriously not me gasping, "Oh my god! I'm about to lost my free ride!" They were really about my attempts to empathize with serenbat; even though I know that I have never been in her exact same shoes, I think I can understand how hard it is to have to scramble to figure out how we're going to get by.
I also understand that you're asking us to have more sympathy for her need to sometimes lash out because she is hurting so bad. I think you have a really valid point here, but I think there's also room for those she's lashing out against to share their own points of view.