The basis of the Welfare State is that some people, through no fault of their own, need help or fall through the cracks, so to speak. No argument from me. But why can't these people be taken care of through charity, i.e. voluntarily? You can't say because the money isn't there. Because if it wasn't, raising it by taxes won't make any more money appear. The reason is because you don't think your fellow man will be charitable. You don't trust your fellow man. They must be forced to be charitable. But charity has to come from the heart.
This rationale is also belied by the fact that if people can vote for politicians to institute these welfare programs, then these same people can help out their fellow man. And they will do it more efficiently and more effectively to boot. As talk show host Gene Burns used to say. "What's more effective, giving your neight $10 directly or sending $10 to the federal gov't and having a portion of it send back to your neighbor through welfare.