Welfare -- the extortion of wealth from those who produce by the "humanitarians" in government, to be distributed to those who consume (but do not produce), is to render the producers slaves and the "humanitarians" thieves. Whether the thief is wearing a ski mask, or is a dressed in a pinstripe suit with the letters IRS labeled on it, does not change the nature of their actions in principle: both are looters as both are initiators of force. With one exception, the man wearing the ski mask is more honest: he is not a big enough hypocrite to tell the citizen that he is robbing him of his hard earned wealth "for his own good", or even worse "for the good of the people." [Hitler's and Clinton's favorite phrase]