INCOME means you WORK to EARN IT - you know, a JOB.
INCOME does not necessarily INCLUDE one's WELFARE or their amassed wealth - only a SMALL percentage of the population overall GETS welfare anyway.
Before I became a stay at home Mom I was employed full time, had two kids, and I earned $8.00 an hour. That put me at just over $15,000 a year. I was NOT lazy, NOT stupid, NOT irresponsible. MOST people who struggle financially and are gainfully employed. . . They make ends meet - but don't rake in the dough in excess.
Your thought process is why so many college kids come out of college EXPECTING to have a job just because the got a degree in Liberal Arts.
And what you're referring to is *strictkly income* - not *wealth* - Wealth can amass on it's own once you have it. (Property values increase, stock values increase) - you can be a lazy fat bastard and do nothing your whole life and die wealthier than you were when you inherited it from your Mum.