Thom discussed his friend from Vermont who sharpens saws for $20,000 a year and expects to be rich some day; and said that many poor people expect to get rich and thus want taxes on the rich to be low.
This is a misguided approach. If you are poor and want to be rich, first, you want taxes on the poor and middle class to be low (so you can accumulate money rather than have the government take it)--after you are rich you can afford the taxes. Also if you are poor you want good medical care to be available at reasonable cost and you want good educational opportunities for those who don't have money (e.g., government-funded scholarships and grants). And these require government to spend money and therefore to have revenue. So it is in the interest of those who are poor and want to be rich to have the governmment provide services and funds rather than to try to squeeze government spending.