"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have." The welfare cliff - no way most of these people will ever be able to earn the amount the gov gives them - so they are trapped. If they do get a job and start earning their own pay they will lose more $ in benefits than they earn working. You can understand why they do what they do - I had many people turn down promotions because it would have put them into an income bracket where their benefits would be cut off. The real killer was daycare assistance - you lose that you end up quitting your job because the daycare bill eats half your check.