Most people making 10 12 15 etc an hour cannot survive without some government assistance. However those people are at least working and contributing to the society. This isn't about people who work 1 2 3 jobs. I have nothing but respect for those people. Its the people who don't work and don't want to work yet receive more benefits and have a better standard of living than the lady waking up at 5 am to go to an Amazon warehouse than wash dishes at a bar at night. On top of it they complain and it's not democrats or republicans its both. Ill have to find that bls.gov chart that describes reasons people aged 16 to 65 gave for not participating in the labor force. Reasons like sickness, taking care of family, schooling, etc are totally reasonable but the largest by far was simply not looking for work for over 1 year. Also more and more people are not participating in the labor force year after year.
Over 94 million not in labor force aged 16 and above as of may 2017
88 million of those not in labor force aged 16 to 65 do not want a job now - 6 million gave reasons such as wanting a job but currently not in labor force, sickness, disability, schooling etc for not being in labor force. Keep in mind that unemployment rate and labor force participation are two different things - a person not working for 6 months is considered unemployed but after that person hasn't been working at least 1 year they fall out of the unemployed category (that's why the 5% 6% unemployment figure is b.s. and its mostly a mix of cyclical, seasonal, etc u.e.) and into the not participating in labor force category.
What developed country do you know of where nearly a quarter of the entire population, a third of the adult popilation isn't working and doesn't feel like it? Our labor force participation is around 62 for adults. That means over a third of adults aren't in the labor force and haven't been for at least 1 year.
Hence if the politicians regardless of party were truthful they could say we have 38% of adults in the us are not working (most would call that unemployed but again government differentiates between unemployed and not in labor force) and not say some b.s like well I got/will get/other party should've got unemployment down to 4%...