“The concept of ‘welfare’ has become an open, bottomless vessel into which every desire can be poured.”

If we were truly interested only in providing a “safety net” for citizens (and even non-citizens, and leaving aside the question of whether the state is the best provider of a safety net) the size of government would be tiny relative to the languid behemoth we have today.

However the “safety net” is a ruse, a con, a tool which provides cover for a plethora of groups to exploit the public trough.

James V. DeLong explains in the attached essay that,

It’s Not a Welfare State, It’s a Special Interest State