Recently the term “welfare state” has come up in many debates over health care, cap and trade, and many other bills. Today I found the best definition of what constitutes a law that is a “welfare state law”
“By the term “welfare state law,” we mean one under which government transfers public funds, property or services without receiving a fair consideration in return. Included with this definition are all of those public welfare programs which provide aid to the young, the old, the sick, the disadvantaged, the unemployed, the uneducated, the widows, the orphans, the victims of natural disasters, victims of manmade disasters, etc. … While under some of these programs the government compels the recipient to contribute some of his own money which, in theory, is to be returned to him, he usually receives at least twice as much as he puts in because at least one half of his benefits come from employers or other taxpayers. Also taxpayers pay the cost of administering these programs.” – H. Verlan Anderson
I hope this definition will educate and enlighten us all.
Keep America free from welfare state laws!