More than 40 percent of the people of the US do not work for an income, but rely on others for support. Do you think that Welfare should be so that people have to work to receive payment? Do you think that the US has become a take-give society? Do you think that it is right for the government take from those who work, strive and create businesses to give to those who sit home, fish, hunt and anything else because they have found a loop-hole in the system?
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Both faith and most strains of humanism incorporate that principle of ethics as a cornerstone. We can do that privately, with the decisions left in the hands of those with a material surplus... that has not worked out well in the past.
That varies. The convenient propaganda claim of the welfare state that it never has is not accurate history, it's politics. Charity has worked out quite well, in some times and places, sometimes as well and better, all consequences considered.
that's the way welfare DOES work - a single man cannot get welfare in the US -- this whole topic is just more rightwing nonsense