Disagree--however, welfare programs (medicaid/food stamps/etc.) should definitely be revamped. Defining “taking advantage of the system” is imperative.
Medicaid facilities (nursing homes/assisted living--names which qualify for misnomers of the year awards) need rigorous reexamination and head start education programs are a grief. Such programs need to be removed from federal supervision/administration, then reworked by communities who are aware of their locality's needs and can provide real accountability.
On the other hand, social security is what workers and their employers are required to pay to the government, supposedly in good faith, that they will be provided for (monthly check/medicare health insurance/disability) if/when they are no longer able to work. The way the monies are now used should be addressed. The following is an interesting excerpt from: http://www.justfacts.com/socialsecurity.basics.asp
* At the outset of the program, the federal government published an informational pamphlet that stated the following about Social Security taxes:
And finally, beginning in 1949, 12 years from now, you and your employer will each pay 3 cents on each dollar you earn, up to $3,000 a year. That is the most you will ever pay.
* Accounting for inflation, this promise equates to a maximum tax collection of $1,741 per person.
* For 2013, the maximum payroll tax collection per person is $14,099 or eight times the promised maximum.
NOTE: The following projections are based upon what the current law specifies. This does not imply that the Social Security program will have enough money to pay for these benefits. Information concerning the financial stability of the Social Security program is contained in the next section.
Imagine people on the local level who give to others "in need" able to say to their recipients, "As long as you get these benefits, you have to be accountable to those supporting you. You must follow a program of (fill in the blank with ideas like living a healthy life/working in your community/clean up your own yard and house…) and you cannot (fill in the blank with ideas like spend what money you have eating out/have expensive entertainments/nor can you continue to smoke, drink, do drugs, eat junk food and expect others to provide you with free health care…).
It is possible to cut the budget so actual help is offered/provided to everyone if that's really the goal.