If that were true you would not have the high crime rate that exists in the poor sections of towns. They want to improve themselves but their options are limited, or at least in the environment they were raised in that becomes their perception. The environment you live in can become your only reality, especially if it is all that you have known for your entire life. Do you truly believe that entitlements and welfare help no one? It does not help those who are only on welfare until they find a means of supporting themselves? How about the children who have no choice in the matter?