A working class hero is something to be
The statement that elicited the ostensibly egregious response, by it's wording, implied comparison between today (when government benefits are available to help) vs. yesteryear when there weren't.
To ask if the rich REALLY think the poor have it easy, the question should not have included the word "today" to insinuate that comparison was the point.
The poor have it easy because they can collect government benefits. (False.... it's still not easy to be poor)
The poor have it easy today because they can collect government benefits. (True... There were no safety nets before the great society).
Adding the word "today" shifted the insinuated focus of the question.
You can't reason anyone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into in the first place.
As far as Argentina goes:
The greatest vulnerability to poverty arises in periods of economic crises or prolonged sluggish growth, which reduces employment and earnings and limit the ability of the government to finance social programs that directly support the poor, according to the World Bank report dated Aug. 7 and made public last week. The institution approved lending Argentina as much as $4.8 billion through 2018 as the nation’s reserves dwindle. Argentina
We are talking structural adjustments, the whole sale and/or privatization and deregulations of government owned operations and the opening up of the market to the global economy which all led to its economic crisis.
They are now left very vulnerable as highlighted here: The multilateral organization estimates there is a poverty rate of about 11% in Argentina, but has highlighted that the country should “focus on the need to sustain social gains achieved in recent years and expand social inclusion in an efficient and sustainable manner.”
The World Bank report, published for internal use in August of this year but made public more recently, thus echoes warnings made by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) about stalling social progress in the region.
Vulnerable populations, for the purposes of social policy, are those who have made it out of poverty but do not enjoy economic security like the middle class does. They live on an average 4 to 10 dollars a day and risk being clawed back under the poverty line by economic turmoil, recession or volatility. A third of Argentina's population 'vulnerable' to falling back into poverty, says World Bank — MercoPress