A growing welfare state is not good for the poor, nor is it good for those with a moral obligation to help the poor.
The Good Samaritan did not call the local welfare office to help the robbed and beaten man. The early church didn’t offload its widows onto a government bureaucracy, nor advocate for higher taxes to pay others to be “compassionate.” Neither should we.
I am not a religious person, but I admire and support the work done by The Acton Institute for the study of religion and liberty. The above fine statement of a surpassingly important principle of moral philosophy is from a letter from its founder, my friend Fr. Robert A. Sirico.