So argues Nelson Hultberg in this Future of Freedom Foundation article.

Before charitable relief became a government obligation in the 1930s, Americans cared for the hungry, the sick, the handicapped through voluntary means. (Professor David Beito has done excellent work on all of the voluntary associations that used to fill those needs.) Now that it is dominated by government, we get lots of people who become permanently dependent on government — both the recipients of welfare and the many bureaucrats whose jobs depend on dispensing it.