Some people consider it a pathos of monumental proportions that so many avowed conservatives in the poor working class and working middle class raise their angry voices in defense of "vulnerable" billionaires who have to pay Federal taxes. Others consider it laughable to the point of obscene ridicule that poor men and women who are heads of poor families would so strongly come to the defense of wealthy families who are anything but vulnerable and who, more often than not, couldn't care less about poor conservatives and their poor children.
Little people from the poor, working class and middle class pay a higher federal tax rate than the rich. In fact, the super wealthy revel in the belief that only little people pay federal taxes. I considered it one of the great mysteries of life that the poor in America defends the rich as if their lives depended on it. It's a crooked and poorly defined sense of self. But, upon further consideration, perhaps it is not much of a mystery at all but just one more of the many defects in the deep psychological design of human beings.
With few exceptions, filthy rich men and women, mega-rich or ultra-rich if you prefer, hold poor families and the working class in low esteem. Oh, they may like some poor working class individuals, but generally they have little regard or empathy for the class in which that individual belong. There were white slave owners during slavery in America and white bosses during the Jim Crow era in America who hated niggers but who "loved" an individual slave, maid, or gardner "like family". In general, however, the wealthy neither love, respect, nor have much need for members of the working class class beyond the services they provide.
I am reminded of a newspaper article in which two teenage boys from "rich" families caused an accident racing their hot cars one night on a U.S. highway that traversed the city. They were not injured but their actions killed two "lower class" teenage boys who were driving across the highway in an older car--unaware that the headights they saw in the distance would be upon them so quickly because they were being approached at racing speed.
When some in the city were outraged over the way those two boys were killed, the rich mother of one of the boys allegedly said: "Why is everyone so upset over these two death? These were poor kids!"
The rich have always held comtempt and lorded it over the poor. Even in America the rich have, for the most part, exhibited callous disregard, disdain, and greed towards the poor and the not-so-poor; including what once had been a large and proud white middle class. But too many poor conservatives just don't get it. Neither do many in the white middle class, which grew only when organized labor through the strength of unions began protecting workers from rich men who took advantage of them and their poor children. So how and why does it work?
When asked why they defend the rich and the wealthy's attempt to avoid paying federal taxes, many poor conservatives will proudly and unabashedly reveal that they expect to be rich one day and want their money protected from "the government" and "lazy immigrants, lazy blacks, and lazy liberals wanting handouts", an interesting concept since most of them and their poor kids or members of their poor families are recipients of government assistance. But without the requisite skills, ideas, funding, and drive required to become rich, most will never reach that goal. While the existence of the lottery in the USA will make a small number of Americans "rich" every year, most of those from the poor working class will again be poor and in debt within five years or less.
But the real reason the poor defend the rich is more is more insiduous than that. The poor is generally less educated and more needy. It is what help make most of them poor. And whether they know it or not, most look up to and look to the rich for salvation. Being less educated, and purposely kept that way by the predatory wealthy, the poor have less knowledge and do less critical thinking. Hence, they see fewer options both emotional, social, economical, and intellectual. And they are easily distracted away from the real reasons for their plight with hate, division, fear, superstitution, false moraity, and false science.
Further, without the benefit of critical thinking, which an education that placed value on critical thinking among other intellectual pursuits as well as making a living, they are led to believe that only selfish greedy rich men have their best interest at heart. And they believe it is the rich who will lead them out of their misery. Who wouldn't defend someone who could make them believe those promises--even if it is a lie?