Every semester I put the following up on the board for my Econ students: Pay people for doing nothing and more people will ______ ________________, They get it. What they also eventually get is that politicians of both major party stripes are factually guilty of perpetuating the handout mentality. (What was the party of the president who signed Medicare Part D into law?!) There is an epidemic of NYC firemen filing for disability in their 19th year of employment. It's not just the welfare queens who respond to perverse incentives.