Private charity is the only true charity. The Government can't be charitable with confiscated money taken from the American taxpayer by force. There was a time in this country when neighbors took care of neighbors - when "Big Brother" kept his nose out and things worked quite well. The 1930s Depression spawned a nanny state that has grown exponentially through FDR, LBJ and others, to the point that we now have millions of people who first look to the Government for assistance, rather than to friends, neighbors, family, churches and charitable organizations founded for that purpose. I found it ironic that many of the people complaining the loudest were doing it amidst the backdrop of beached yachts and million-dollar homes.