People have roof-top gardens in New York city. They are quite common--particularly in the poor sections of the city. Chicago has HUGE urban farms that are very successful. Same goes toward Detroit. Or perhaps you could move out of the city. Perhaps to the Mid-west where land the cost of living is cheap, and low-skill physical labor is in demand. You may need to save up for several months to move, but ultimately you do a service to yourself. If you choose not to move, then living in urban poverty must not be so bad after all. The choice is yours.
The point is, government welfare/wealth redistrobution is wrong. It is coherced theft and robbery under threat of violence and imprisonment.
Sorry Harb but as Utopian an ideal as you suggest it just doesn't fly in the real world
Sorry, but that's exactly how it works. That is the natural order of things. There is nothing natural or moral about some oppressive body punishing success and rewarding failure. Find me one example where this occurs outside of government.
Your (former) janitor friend is a shinning example of what I'm talking about. He willingly chose a major that would not likely grant him economic success. He accepted the consequence and worked as a janitor whilst trying to put his major to application. He willingly chose a more difficult path of his own free will to pursue his dream. He accepted the consequences, suffered, but persevered. He succeeded under his own means without harming, robbing, or inhibiting another through cohersion.
He sounds like a perfect example of what I'm talking about here.
You don't seem to understand moral reciprocity.
Charity is moral, back-alley muggings are immoral.
Consentual sex is moral, rape is immoral.
Murder is immoral.
Hired labor is moral, slavery is immoral.
Volunteering is moral, The Draft is not.
Need I go on? It doesn't matter how pervassive Socialism is today in Western culture. It is WRONG. Alot of Germans didn't like the minority Jews. Alot of Soviets didn't like dissenters or Gypsies. Alot of Sudanese don't like Darfurinians.
Alot of lower income people resent the successful. Who is more greedy, the successful person who wishes to keep what is his, or the less successful person who demands the possession of another out of avarice and self-entitlement?
"I am never wrong. I thought I was once, but I was mistaken."