Al Hunt, the most reliably liberal member of CNN's Capital Gang, had a revealing choice for his Outrage of the Week on the September 13, 2003 show.
Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Senator who recently likened gay behavior to bestiality is at it again. In opposing additional childcare funds for poor welfare-to- work participants, he argued, according to the Los Angeles Times, "making people struggle a little bit is not necessarily the worst thing."
At the same time, he has championed every tax cut and every tax break for the rich. Santorum believes in the class struggle as long as it's only the poor who struggle.
As a libertarian, I oppose government welfare programs for a number of reasons, but I can understand some of why people would support them. Human empathy makes you want to alleviate suffering, and help the needy. That's reasonable.
However, you have to work with a reality principle. Giving out welfare works against our overall economic health in obvious ways that no intelligent person could miss. For starters, the more the government hands out, the less motivation people have to do things for themselves. This applies to me, you, and everyone else.
Also, the more stuff the government gives away, the more someone else has to be taxed to pay for it. Higher taxes result in less motivation from the other end. If I can get $200 a week for not working, or $400 to work- minus $100 in taxes- then I'm only really making $2.50 an hour. I'd be DUMB to do that.
You might support SOME government welfare programs anyway. You may calculate that ameliorating the worst suffering in society is so important that we'll just have to accept some damage to our basic capitalist incentive structure.