Lee Welter Dear Olivia, Please read Bastiat's THE LAW -- www.fee.org/library/books/the-law-by-frederic-bastiat-free-download/ You wrote "...I don’t think human beings are rational...." which suggests that a good discussion is in order. The preliminary background reading will help.
Lee Welter Please learn more about economics! Thomas Sowell's BASIC ECONOMICS is a good start. Educating the poor, enabling them to rid themselves of tyranny, is a likely worthwhile effort. This would help Americans do the same.