Becoming dependent upon government largesse and social welfare imperils us, because it attaches us to a system that is no longer viable for far too long. Entrepreneurship and wealth, while not a panacea, create far more options under conditions of crisis than poverty and dependence.
The welfare state, while well intended, sets the stage for state control over resources. It limits ones political choices, and constrains freedom. Government should really be in the business of defending liberty and upholding the constitutional rule of law. When it expands into other areas of life – education, social welfare, and even scientific investment, it often crowds out better solutions. America at its best is not a system of government that attempts to guarantee equal outcomes.