It’s not that the elites hate the poor; I would describe their attitude as “condescending.” They wish them well in much the same way that they favor animal welfare. They support programs that help the poor make the “right choices,” like food stamps and Medicaid, while cutting back on poverty programs that provide money which could be spent on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, prostitution, gambling, etc (i.e the 1996 welfare reform.)

And of course the War on Poverty-Stricken Americans is a fully bipartisan effort. The aging baby boomers (my generation) are particularly ruthless in their anti-poor efforts.