Gee with a management style like this I can't imagine why the author is struggling to turn a profit
The whole point of living in a society is so that we can get together and make things better. That includes things like technological progress and mutual defense, but also taking care of those who have difficulty taking care of themselves.
We may not be fully in a post-scarcity society yet, but we're producing enough today, in terms of food, necessities of life, and basic luxuries, that it would be totally realistic to provide these things to every American for free and still be fully able to turn a profit. The idea that everyone should have to earn the right to live is both ludicrous and horribly callous.
The only way for us to progress as a species is to return to an attitude of community—but expanding that community to cover the whole world. None of us are getting out of this alive, so we should be kind, take care of each other, and try to make sure everyone has the best life they can. It just so happens that that's also the way to make sure that we have the most bright, inquisitive minds able to spend time and energy working on solving the rest of our world's problems, rather than being stuck in poverty traps and unable to focus on anything but survival.
“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” ~Mahatma Ghandi
Have they, though? Unless you were part of the elite classes you probably died in poverty.
If we assume that 60% of the budget supports people because they can not support themselves, what will change that will allow them to support themselves? They're probably paying little if any income tax so how will reducing that help?
Perhaps the above conclusion is not totally valid in USA, but parts of it are, and parts of it are also valid for various states across the globe.
Isn't it time to rethnink everything? perhaps stop with taxation altogether, and fund public services with their own currency? and maybe put some time limits that the new currency is valid in order to avoid inflation?
I don't know if the above will work, but it could be on the right track.