"They're dependents, like children. As parents (private-sector taxPAYERS), we tell them what they'll eat, and they'll like it without complaining until they become independent. "
This isn't "Oliver Twist"! Today's poor ARE independent, on-line, and in possession of smart-phones. Like their counterparts in the working world they are accustomed to the personalized, "on demand" life, and this is unlikely to change.
Nor is it that new. The most reliable cable tv customers have always been in public housing, since that industry began in the 1970s.