Welfare is the forcible transfer of wealth by the government from those who produced the wealth to other individuals who are said to “need” that wealth.
Welfare is the forcible transfer of wealth (usually by taxes) by the government from those who produced the wealth to another individual (or group of individuals).
Where private charity is voluntary, government welfare is involuntary.
The common justification for this expropriation of funds is that those who are receiving the wealth (handouts) “need” it, and those who do not voluntarily give their money have “greed” so their money must be forcibly taken from them.
Welfare — the extortion of wealth from those who produce by the “humanitarians” in government, to be distributed to those who consume (but do not produce), is to render the producer a slave and the “humanitarians” thieves. Whether the thief is wearing a ski mask or is a dressed in a pinstripe suit with the letters IRS labeled on it, does not change the nature of their actions in principle: both are looters as both are initiators of force. With one exception, the man wearing the ski mask is more honest: he is not a big enough hypocrite to tell the citizen that he is robbing him of his hard-earned wealth “for his good,” or even worse “for the good of the people.”
At the root of the claim that the creators of wealth owe it to the non-creators is the ethical code of altruism — of allegedly-noble self-sacrifice. In Marxist lingo, this means that wealth be plundered “from each according to his ability” and distributed “to each according to his needs.” The producer has the ability, i.e., “greed”—the welfare recepient has a need—the inalienable rights of the producer be damned.
Rooseveltcare: How Social Security is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance by Don Watkins
This elegantly written book, explains how the entitlement-welfare state is destroying our hope for the future. The definitive case for gradually abolishing social security and the welfare state.