Originally Posted by muscogee
You weren't around in 1968. Welfare is a bribe we pay poor people to not burn down their cities. It's much cheaper than cleaning up the mess and rebuilding. It's much cheaper than catching them, trying, them, and keeping them in prison.
That is a hush-hush reason for it. Back in the 1930s, a justification for the New Deal was that it would prevent agitators from being able to foment a communist revolution.