I think I get it. Like you, I am a teacher - NYC - I see and hear how the "poor" feel entitled. I see how it nearly makes it seem ok to steal "if you have to feed your family'...I see the curriculum and all I can say is how did the repubs and other who are supposedly on pour side let it get this far.
And yes, our current prez has ramped it up. Everyone, even upper middle class people have bought into tax the rich. It's awful.