Well, of course.
The GOP's main belief is that only rich people are allowed to benefit from the largesse of the state, or the benefits of civilization, for that matter. The rich must own everything, including all the praise for progress. Ordinary people need to be punished for not being among the elect. In the last decades, conservatism in America has gone from reckless to actively evil. The very idea of democracy disgusts them. What they want to return to is the aristocracies of old. It is not enough for the poor to be poor; they must also adulate their aristocratic masters and their suffering must be obvious, so that the aristocracy may savor its privileges better. The thought of starving children makes the bubble in their champagne tickle their palates just a little bit better.