Obviously we have a lot of people not working that don't want to work either. However, we have a lot of people that want jobs and there are not any for them. Given this, a country of our means should take care of those that want or can't take care of themself or won't take care of themselves. When you look at the US budget only a small fractual goes to wellfare programs, but that is what people yell the loudest about since it hits close to home, i.e., the bum getting by and not working for it, while you are working and paying taxes and they are not.
Let's look past that for a minute. That wellfare money makes itself into the pockets of businessmen, such as farmers, food merchants, clothing merchants, oil companies, and everything in between. Albeit the government gives it to the orginal receipant, the profits these companies make on it are taxed, and if you take Freedman's aurgument for trinkle down economics and his example of a pencil maker and all the people that are involved in bringing a pencil to market, for every dollar that is spent, numerous people touch it and pay taxes on it. The velocity of it is mind blowing.
Given how families are spread out these days, people don't have traditional family to turn too, and I don't have a problem with my tax dollars helping someone in distress. I get a lot for my taxes, i.e, great highways to drive to field trials, great airports to fly in getting to a trial, great parks to train and compete on, safe food to eat, public education, higher education, safe drugs, safe buildings to work in, and on and on. However, that low income earner never uses all these interstates or airports, they don't own any property that needs books and records kept on, etc., etc., so I should pay more because I use more.
I don't like paying taxes, and I agree that there is waste in the system. But I have no problem taking care of the less fortunate because I've been blessed. However, an illness in my family or some other unfortunate tragedy, such as an earthquake of Hurricane or Bernie Maydoff can change my life in a heartbeat, and I might need some charity myself. Hopefully I never have to burdan anyone, but I know it could happen.