Wow-that is an astonishingly good phrase-"comfortably poor".
That is definitely a problem in all democracies.
How do you help the people who truly cannot help themselves-the infirm, the disabled, the elderly with no resources, etc.. yet make sure that you are not draining all the resources of the country by supporting the "Comfortably Poor" class?
There are many, many people for whom 'comfortably poor' is a pretty damned high standard of living.
The state takes away all incentive for independence by feeding their entitlement complex and making it next to impossible that they will live productive lives. Why should they?