There is a "war on the poor". Romney's 47% percent comment captured it, as does the the misleading stat that conservatives are touting that says 108 million people don't work (the measurement takes into account at least 1 person in a household receiving benefits.) To that point you could have a family with two working parents and a foster child who receives benefits because no parent is available to provide child support and everyone in the household gets counted. You could have a couple with one person retired and receiving social security and they both get counted.
The insidious nature of how these stats are sold to the public is to simultaneously declare your constituents to be virtuous and hard working (even though republicans and democrats alike partake in government benefits) while declaring the other side to be moochers, takers, and what not.
Meanwhile folks who work hard for meager earnings are marginalized because they may in fact work full time but don't make enough to take care of their needs. Who saw McD's tell a worker to apply for food stamps to augment her salary. So is that woman a "taker"? Some will say get a better job, while ignoring that every job market is robust and that "getting a better job" may not be possible at a given moment. So then they say "go to college" but as we all know funding for education has been slashed almost everywhere and college tuition is still going up, never mind the need for practical considerations like day care prevent people from returning to or going to school.