Sounds like the American dream/exceptionalism is alive and well in this little corner of Asia.
Its the only way the US can survive is to get rid of or greatly reduce entitlements.
The one time I asked for government assistance, school lunches for my children, my mother in law said she was very disappointed in us asking for a government hand out, she never imagined one of her children would do that. We dropped that assistance that very day and have not looked back. We choose to look to God Almighty for all our needs, as "He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we ask or think!"
This may sound harsh but people or even countries get what their "god" gives them. Misery, corruption, hunger and lack.