Especially compared to a government department that, having made a big investment in providing goods and services to The Poor, needs to maintain a sizable group of poor folks to justify the continued existence of said department.Read the whole thing. There's much, much more to it than what I quoted here. This isn't even the point of RobertaX's essay; I just pulled it because it fits in with what I was writing about yesterday. There's a whole bunch of skewering to be done, and she handles it as ably as she always does.
Meanwhile, the eeeeevil, money-grubbing rich guys continue to hire people who will work for the wages offered -- and who pick up skills doing the work. Some of those people will advance, becoming more valuable to their employer in the process. Hey, it's no sure thing -- companies go broke, or move, or adopt polices to keep wages low and staff turnover high -- but in general, they don't benefit from keeping employees needy-hungry poor, not even the cheapest of cheapskates. (Though the latter group may only find out after their company has gone broke, or been sold to China for pennies on the dollar).
Conversely, the poorer you are, the more you need Help From The Government.
I'll elaborate a bit more on this idea Monday (probably), if she doesn't get to it first.