Meanwhile, you didn't refute a single point of his column with any citation or source. This is why you're a liberal. You emote, you don't think. Unfortunately emoting one's way through life is not as effective as thinking.
My "poor" relatives (the father makes minimal pay and wife doesn't work) with 4 kids have cable, computers, high speed internet, two cars, a nice TV, money for christmas presents, and every one of them is fat as a tick. I'm not seeing any misery here.
So where's the incentive for him to go get a better job? He's been to college and has a decent IQ. He refuses to take better paying jobs because they are more demanding than driving around smoking all day.