Are you kidding? The people who work are taxed to provide those checks for welfare recipients. In other words, money is TAKEN from them by the government to give to people who do not work. Don't you think those working people would spend the tax dollars at the mall if they had the opportunity? They might even open up a store of their own and hire some of those who are desperately looking for jobs. The money would be spent - and many times it would be used to generate more money in the way of profits and increased taxes (sales, payroll, etc.). Try looking at history sometime. The government has only one source of income - working people - and we have reached the point in this country where almost 50% pay no taxes.