The bottom line is that the elites don’t much like the poor. Of course they are careful to avoid saying so, steering clear of racial stereotypes. Instead they mock the consumption habits and religious/social attitudes of poor whites. Poor minorities are not criticized, even though they have similar lifestyles and cultural attitudes. This makes the elites feel progressive.
It’s not that the elites hate the poor; I would describe their attitude as “condescending.” They wish them well in much the same way that they favor animal welfare. They support programs that help the poor make the “right choices,” like food stamps and Medicaid, while cutting back on poverty programs that provide money which could be spent on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, prostitution, gambling, etc (i.e. the 1996 welfare reform.)
Entire Scott Sumner post is worth reading.