"As an aside, Democrats have been very reluctant to give money to poor people through means-tested social insurance programs. Whether it's food, housing, education or medical care, almost all the cash goes to a constituency that is definitely not poor." This is one of the most succinct and honest statements I have ever read regarding welfare transfer payments. Welfare goes to the rich and the connected. Transfer payments do not provide wealth to the poor, tax payer funds are transferred to big agriculture, big food retailers, big real estate, labor unions, wealthy doctors and care providers, energy companies, and now telecommunications companies. The poor do not receive money they can save or assets that can accumulate in value.