Democrats don't consider it to be their responsibility to help the poor. They consider it their responsibility to get others to help the poor. I think they get a sense of satisfaction out of knowing they had to contribute very little while people who haven't a choice have to contribute most of it. This gives them great joy to realize that the rich people they despise so much are under their thumb. It has to be because there are basically no more legal poor people who are starving and without shelter or cloths in the US and they still keep at it. So obviously the end game is really not eliminating poverty because that has been done, it is making the rich less rich. The poverty issue is simply an excuse to take their money. The problem is not solved until the only poor people are the people who used to be rich. At which time they can stop helping the poor because surely they do not care about them. And besides, by this time everyone is poor and there is no one left to tax so the game is over. You can throw the party but no one can come even if they wanted to.