Conservatives accuse liberals of wanting to re-distribute all wealth so everyone is "equal"... I'm not for that. I don't think many liberals are, actually. But I would like to keep people from starving to death or dying of curable medical conditions... is that so much to ask?
A welfare system that's too open, so some freeloaders who could work find it easier to milk the system.
A welfare system that's not open enough, so people who aren't capable of working starve in the streets.
I don't think this is a realistic question, we could have the perfect system.
I don't think we should have any kind of government-run welfare or public assistance.