In other words poverty levels of existence are now the new normal for our American society, http://www.alternet.org/economy/half-america-or-damn-near-close-living-poverty. That is the problem with a society that has few social programs and is out of balance with it's capitalistic counterpart. A healthy mix of capitalism and socialism makes for a thriving middle class. We are losing our middle class at such rates that soon we will only have a shadow of the one we had 4 decades ago, http://www.businessinsider.com/americas-shrinking-middle-class-hurts-economy-2016-6. As each generation of immense wealth increases an exponentially larger amount of poverty level life afflicts Americans. So this desire to be wealthy has turned out to be a nightmare for those who are not.
It doesn't have to be that way. We can have those who strive for wealth continue their quest while keeping the rest of America out of poverty. The tax code is the main way this can be accomplished but if we have those most like republicans and their donors who would do anything to keep their wealth from being taxed, we have what we are currently experiencing. The greed of more more more is not only an unhealthy mental condition but it harms so many more who are struggling to survive. This trend will continue with the republican leadership controlling economic policies and I fear that our poverty laden nation will be even more so by the time we can change the public leadership back toward more fair and just economic policies.