The fall of Rome was the adding of poor people. As far as I know they had the first welfare system as well as retirement plan.
The only problem with helping out the poor is the way in which the system is run. If you loose your job and need to get on food stamps till you can get another job, you must first be eligible.
No problem with that. But....
If your family happens to have 2 cars, or if your cars are of good quality and have value. You first must sell your car.
If you have a nice boat... same thing. What if you use the boat to fish and provide some food for the family?
They, the elected officials want you to become completely dependent upon them. This way they can be re-elected easier.
Don't believe me? Here in Tennessee we have had incumbents tell their constituents that their benefits will be threatened and they could lose their aid.
This leads to more people getting caught up and then it can be difficult to get out of the quick sand. It is all planned and the tax payer foots the entire bill.
I have no problem with people needing aid. I have been there myself and needed it. I refused to sell my hard worked for goods just for a loaf of bread. But many fall into that situation.
The help needs to be just that a helping hand. don't penalize people for having had when they have befallen hard times.
But also don't make it where people lose the desire or need to work.