The reality is that entitlement programs put money into the hands of the poor, which passes through small business into large businesses and their shareholders. Thus, the higher taxes that wealthy people pay is recouped because the tax money benefits their interests. The reality is that there are countless extremely poor people. Some of these people are stupid, some lack social skills, some are physically ugly, some have serious illnesses, some are recovered addicts, some have CORIs, some are in abusive relationships, some have had horrifically bad luck, and so on. While a small number of these people game the system, most of them are simply struggling to live, let alone get ahead. How do you build up these communities if you cut benefits and services? Do you think jobs are going to appear out of nowhere? Or should we simply let these people rot on the vine?