“We think of them as helpless individuals. We don't respect their
dignity as individuals.”Precisely. If I am destitute,
receiving from other people doesn't help me, it only prolongs my living
through poverty, whether people do it of their kindness or the government
compels them to (though at least in the former case, they can do so willingly
and enjoy the blessings, without fear for their property rights).If
you look at the welfare program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, direct and tangible aid is coupled with a spirit of self-reliance and,
when possible, opportunities to work for one's gains and learn important
skills from labor to filling out a resumé. The aid they are given is
provided by the Church membership, entirely of their own volition and by their
own chosen degree.Contrast every single part of that with federal
They have free-agency. They don't pay rent if they don't want to.
Respect and trust is earned.
How much does the working man pay for the poor?Dignity is the
responsibility of the poor man.