143 Welfare State Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Welfare State Quotes (Best in 2024)

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The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people's money away quietly, and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly. — Thomas Sowell

The welfare state has always been judged by its good intentions, rather than its bad results. — Thomas Sowell

The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites. — Thomas Sowell

The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs. — Jerry Brown

We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added. — Ronald Reagan

Our expensive welfare state is fueled by the destructive notion that 'greed' is when you want to keep your own money but 'compassion' is when you want to take somebody else's. — Lawrence Reed

You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state. — Milton Friedman

I thought the function of the government was to promote the general welfare, not to provide it. — Ronald Reagan

Quality child care, health insurance coverage, and training make it possible for former welfare recipients to get, and keep, jobs. — Mel Carnahan

The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States. — Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Short Welfare State Quotes

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  • Healthcare is the cornerstone of the socialist state. It is the crown jewel of the welfare state. — Monica Crowley
  • The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time. — Ayn Rand
  • The Oscar Wilde of Welfare State gentility. — Joe Orton
  • Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it. — Stephen Harper
  • A welfare state, properly conceived, can be an integral part of a conservative society. — Irving Kristol
  • Compassion is good but politicians have turned compassion into the welfare state. — Thomas Sowell
  • There's no conflict between the social-welfare state and open markets. — Gerhard Schroder
  • Our upside down welfare state is socialism for the rich, free enterprise for the poor. — William O. Douglas
  • Is there any possibility of getting the super Welfare State's honey and avoiding the sting? — C. S. Lewis
  • Quite the most Christian thing that has happened in my lifetime is the Welfare State. — Donald Soper, Baron Soper
Welfare state quote Defeat is a state of mind: no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepte
Defeat is a state of mind: no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.

Government Welfare Quotes

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If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one. — James Madison

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. — James Madison

The Social Security Act offers to all our citizens a workable and working method of meeting urgent present needs and of forestalling future need. It utilizes the familiar machinery of our Federal-State government to promote the common welfare and the economic stability of the Nation. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Welfare state quote Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankfu
Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankful for the storms as well as smooth sailing.

How the American right managed to convince itself that the programs to alleviate poverty are responsible for the consequences of poverty will someday be studied as a notorious mass illusion. — Molly Ivins

The essential role of government is to create the conditions under which people can live fulfilling lives. — Martha C. Nussbaum

While anyone who practices a religion has the right to their own religious truths, it doesn't give them the right to violate the welfare of another human or an animal. So, where necessary, it is the task of the government to intervene and curb the freedom of religion. — Marianne Thieme

Welfare state quote Paradise is not a place, its a state of mind.
Paradise is not a place, its a state of mind.

There’s huge amounts of good that can be done by a government that works constructively versus a zero-sum vision of government. — Sam Bankman-Fried

In this relation, then, the proposed government cannot be deemed a national one; since its jurisdiction extends to certain enumerated objects only, and leaves to the several states, a residuary and inviolable sovereignty over all other objects. — James Madison

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost. — Barack Obama

The effect of Welfarism on freedom will be felt later on - after its beneficiaries have become its victims, after dependence on government has turned into bondage and it is too late to unlock the jail. — Barry Goldwater

Welfare Quotes

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Much as we might wish to believe otherwise, universal love and the welfare of the species as a whole are concepts which simply do not make evolutionary sense. — Richard Dawkins

Girls should be brought up to be comrades and helpers, not to be dolls. They should take a real and not a visionary share in the welfare of the nation. — Robert Baden-Powell

Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it. — Francis of Assisi

Welfare state quote Defeat is a state of mind! No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepte
Defeat is a state of mind! No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality.

Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that very liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the "general welfare of the people." Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by lusting tyrants to make us bondsmen. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. — Charles Darwin

Most people have forgotten how to live with living creatures, with living systems and that, in turn, is the reason why man, whenever he comes into contact with nature, threatens to kill the natural system in which and from which he live. — Konrad Lorenz

Welfare state quote All oppression creates a state of war.
All oppression creates a state of war.

A socialist is somebody who doesn't have anything, and is ready to divide it up equally among everybody. — George Bernard Shaw

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. — Thomas Jefferson

The more I see of men, the better I like my dog. — Frederick the Great

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Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul. — Pythagoras

Welfare Programs Quotes

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Every time you cut programs, you take away a person who has a vested interest in high taxes and you put him on the tax rolls and make him a taxpayer. A farmer on subsidies is part welfare bum, whereas a free-market farmer is a small businessman with a gun. — Grover Norquist

The most important social welfare program in America is a job. — Newt Gingrich

The economic welfare of all our people must ultimately stem not from government programs, but from the wealth created by a vigorous private sector. — Ronald Reagan

Welfare state quote Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they shall see God' suggested to me a heavenly welfare program for the meek. Today that saying reveals an astute insight into egotism, about how those with swollen pride or vanity cannot see anything larger than themselves. — Huston Smith

Experts and the educated elite have replaced what worked with what sounded good. Society was far more civilized before they took over our schools, prisons, welfare programs, police departments and courts. It's high time we ran these people out of our lives and went back to common sense. — Walter E. Williams

Government welfare programs contribute to the disintegration of poor families. They make women and children dependent on government; dependent for food, for clothing, for shelter; and reward fatherless families with extra benefits and welfare perks. — Hans F. Sennholz

Welfare state quote The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.

The way the [welfare] programs are organized, poor people are only paid to do things that are counter-productive - such as breaking up their families, such as not earning above a certain level of income. — Thomas Sowell

This welfare for wealthy companies wastes taxpayer dollars, harms the environment, and makes a mockery of the recent reductions in federal social spending programs. — Ralph Nader

Only those who are ideologically opposed to military programs think of the defense budget as the first and best place to get resources for social welfare needs. — Herman Kahn

Coercion is as much the tool of the welfare state as it is of communism. The programs and edicts of both are backed by the police force. All of us know this to be true under communism, but it is equally true under our own brand of welfare statism. — Leonard Read

Social Welfare Quotes

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The religion of tomorrow will be less concerned with the dogmas of theology and more concerned with the social welfare of humanity. — Tommy Douglas

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Power has only one duty - to secure the social welfare of the People. — Benjamin Disraeli

Extremism can flourish only in an environment where basic governmental social responsibility for the welfare of the people is neglected. Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism. — Benazir Bhutto

Welfare state quote We should measure welfare's success, by how many people leave welfare, not by ho
We should measure welfare's success, by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.

We’ll get spades in the ground to make sure people are not facing unaffordable energy bills and we will also make sure that we are building hospitals, schools, roads and broadband. — Liz Truss

I don’t object to some people being richer… I object to gain of wealth through political connections rather than earning it by merit. — Edward O. Thorp

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained. — Helen Keller

Welfare state quote Wealth breeds a class of people for whom human beings are disposable commodities
Wealth breeds a class of people for whom human beings are disposable commodities. Once oligarchs achieve unchecked economic and political power, as they have in the United States, the citizens too become disposable.

We should never forget that competitive sustainability has always been at the heart of our social market economy. — Ursula von der Leyen

One of the strengths of our nation has always been a strong middle class who could afford their own homes and send their children to school. — James Sinegal

Too many Americans now believe that the checks they receive every month from the unemployment office - like the checks they get from the welfare office, from Medicare, from Social Security - are inalienable rights. They are not. — Ben Shapiro

Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems - the kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their lives over to others. — Star Parker

Welfare Reform Quotes

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A billion dollars every week for Iraq, $87 billion for Iraq. We can't get $5 billion for childcare over five years in welfare reform. — Jim Wallis

As prime minister, I will pursue three early priorities. Firstly, I will get Britain working again. I have a bold plan to grow the economy through tax cuts and reform. — Liz Truss

Let’s cut the top rates of stamp duty to enable more movement to take place and also looking at the broader tax reform, simplifying our tax system. — Liz Truss

Welfare state quote Christmas children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.
Christmas children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.

I will drive reform in my mission to get the United Kingdom working, building and growing. — Liz Truss

For our welfare reform efforts to be successful, we must empower local charitable organizations with the resources to address their local community needs. — Mel Carnahan

Insurance, pension reforms are going to be extremely important for the stock market because the kind of money we’ll get from that is unbelievable. — Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Welfare state quote We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.

Have you ever noticed how statists are constantly "reforming" their own handiwork? Education reform. Health-care reform. Welfare reform. Tax reform. The very fact that they're always busy "reforming" is an implicit admission that they didn't get it right the first 50 times. — Lawrence Reed

The old welfare system was hurting people by discouraging work and marriage. Welfare reform, and now this legislation, will build on the understanding that work and strong families are the foundation upon which we build our future. — Jim Talent

Welfare reform happened with reconciliation; half the Democrats voted for it. The Bush tax cuts happened with reconciliation; twelve Democratic Senators voted for it. You didn't have a real partisan issue on those times that it was used — Tom Coburn

The issue I highlight in the book is welfare reform. — Robert Scheer

Welfare Recipients Quotes

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The sheer number of government employees and welfare recipients effectively transforms the purpose of government from maintaining order to confiscating as much as possible from vulnerable taxpayers. — James Bovard

Ten years ago, Republicans decided it was time to reform our broken welfare system and give welfare recipients the tools they needed to escape the system and build a better life. — Todd Tiahrt

Neither Western donor countries like the U.S. nor poor recipients like Cameroon care much about Africans who are poor, rural and female — Nicholas D. Kristof

Now as a former welfare recipient, I don't have a problem with expecting people to work to earn money. But where I come from we call that a job, not volunteerism. — LZ Granderson

I am a little discouraged and irritated at the welfare recipient families growing in size all the time. Those of us who work and pay taxes all the time shouldn't have to pay for these kids. — Hilmar Moore

People on welfare are getting a price cut to join Amazon Prime, which means you're paying for that. So the food stamp recipients will now get Amazon Prime for $5.99 a month. Free shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows, which means that these people have to have internet accessibility. — Rush Limbaugh

I can only point out a curious fact. Year after year the Nobel Awards bring a moment of happiness not only to the recipients, not only to colleagues and friends of the recipients, but even to strangers. — Alfred Hershey

Contrary to what President Obama said in his inaugural address, going on Medicare and food stamps does not strengthen us. Just ask people who are fourth-generation welfare recipients. — Mark Skousen

Public Welfare Quotes

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It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. — Edmund Burke

The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence. — Robert Peel

The total impact of the Tory/Liberal tax, welfare and public spending changes has hit the poorest 10% in society disproportionately hard - and women have been affected even more badly than men. — Nicola Sturgeon

The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. — Montesquieu

What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it... which for the majority translates as 'Bread and Circuses'. — Robert A. Heinlein

Child welfare ought really to cover all sorts of topics, such as better water and sanitation and good roads, and clean streets and public parks and playgrounds. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas

As long as there are human rights to be defended; as long as there are great interests to be guarded; as long as the welfare of nations is a matter for discussion, so long will public speaking have its place. — William Jennings Bryan

An individual, in promoting his own interest, may injure the public interest; a nation, in promoting the general welfare, may check the interest of a part of its members. — Friedrich List

Malefactors of great wealth have arrogantly ignored the public welfare. — Theodore Roosevelt

Tariffs, government contracts, naval and military spending, nationalized industries, tax policy, social welfare, the legal privileging of labor unions were among the means at the disposal of the governing class to exploit the public at large for the benefits of its various clienteles. — Ralph Raico

Human Welfare Quotes

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My religion is truth, love and service to God and humanity. Every religion that has come into the world has brought the message of love and brotherhood. Those who are indifferent to the welfare of their fellowmen, whose hearts are empty of love, they do not know the meaning of religion. — Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness. — Richard Gere

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A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage. — William Blake

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being. — Abraham Lincoln

One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationality, or religion. — John Amos Comenius

Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other. — Louis J. Camuti

People care about the future of our children and our society… People care about fairness and equality in every sense of the word. — Ursula von der Leyen

Prejudices of any kind are the destroyers of human happiness & welfare. — Abdu'l-Bahá

Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. — Milan Kundera

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More Welfare State Quotes

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It is our priority to win the hearts of people of Jammu and Kashmir. That could only be achieved through development and their welfare. We have a responsibility to see that people of the state are prosperous. We are not talking about Hindus or Muslims, but the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Development comes when there is integration. — Narendra Modi

If I were a dictator, religion and state would be separate. I swear by my religion. I will die for it. But it is my personal affair. The state has nothing to do with it. The state would look after your secular welfare, health, communications, foreign relations, currency and so on, but not your or my religion. That is everybody's personal concern! — Mahatma Gandhi

Reform immigration to make it easy for individuals to come over here, be documented, pay taxes - immigration reform is needed to state that its about work, its not about welfare... Set up a grace period where they can get a work permit... social security card so that they can pay income tax, social security, Medicare. — Gary Johnson

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. — Gouverneur Morris

Not since the days of slavery have there been so many people who feel entitled to what other people have produced as there are in the modern welfare state, whether in Western Europe or on this side of the Atlantic. — Thomas Sowell

It seems that wherever the Welfare State is involved, the moral precept, "Thou shalt not steal," becomes altered to say: "Thou shalt not steal, except for what thou deemest to be a worthy cause, where thou thinkest that thou canst use the loot for a better purpose than wouldst the victim of the theft." — F. A. Harper

Welfare states on both sides of the Atlantic have discovered that largesse to losers does not reduce their hostility to society, but only increases it. Far from producing gratitude, generosity is seen as an admission of guilt, and the reparations as inadequate compensations for injustices - leading to worsening behavior by the recipients. — Thomas Sowell

The secret teaching was the bodhisattva ideal, to live for others, for the welfare of all beings. That's enlightenment, not some flashy state of luminosity. — Frederick Lenz

The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals' expansion of the welfare state. — Thomas Sowell

The welfare state shields people from the consequences of their own mistakes, allowing irresponsibility to continue and to flourish among ever wider circles of people. — Thomas Sowell

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. — Joseph Story

Even squirrels know enough to store nuts, so that they will have something to eat when food gets scarce. But the welfare state has spawned a whole class of people who spend everything they get when times are good, and look to others to provide for their food and other basic needs when times turn bad. — Thomas Sowell

The welfare state is an enemy of private property. The excessive taxation used to support the welfare state is extremely dangerous. — Charles A. Murray

The biggest and most deadly 'tax' rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits - food stamps, housing subsidies and the like - if their income goes up. — Thomas Sowell

The problem of how we finance the welfare state should not obscure a separate issue: if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare, no matter what happens to the world, that's not equity, it's just creating a society where you can't ask anything of people. — Jacques Delors

Such terms as communism, socialism, Fabianism, the welfare state, Nazism, fascism, state interventionism, egalitarianism, the planned economy, the New Deal, the Fair Deal, the New Frontier are simply different labels for much the same thing. — Leonard Read

It is difficult to understand precisely what the state hopes to achieve by promoting the creation and perpetuation of a subclass of illiterates within our boundaries, surely adding to the problems and costs of unemployment, welfare and crime. — William J. Brennan

Our immigration policy is focussed in four areas: First, strengthening border control; second, protecting American jobs by enforcing laws against illegal immigrants at the workplace; third, deporting criminal and deportable aliens; fourth, giving assistance to states who need it, and denying illegal aliens benefits for public services or welfare. — William J. Clinton

To continue on the road we Americans have traveled for the past century is ultimately to deliver ourselves completely into the hands of an unlimited government. We can have a free society or a welfare state. We cannot have both. — Robert Higgs

History, well taught, is the demythologising of the past... Take any important issue of our time - Northern Ireland, Nuclear Disarmament, Race, The Welfare State, South Africa - and it becomes impossible to seriously confront any of them without understanding their historical background. — Alan Bullock

There are no dead-end jobs. There are no dead-end jobs. There are only dead-end people. Our current social philosophy, and the welfare state apparatus based on it, are creating more dead-end people. — Thomas Sowell

What precisely is this disease that causes inflation and all these other troubles? It has many popular names, such as socialism, communism, state interventionism, and welfare statism. — Leonard Read

The greatest danger to the liberal vision are facts about the consequences of liberalism itself and the laws, policies, and ways of life that the left has spawned. That the black family, which survived centuries of slavery and generations of discrimination, has disintegrated in the wake of the liberal welfare states is only one example. — Thomas Sowell

The welfare state has done to Black Americans what slavery (and Jim Crow and racism) could not have done. . .break up the black family. Today, just slightly over 30 percent of black kids live in two-parent families. Historically, from the 1870s on. . . 75-90 percent of black kids lived in two-parent families. — John Stossel

The more people who are dependent on government handouts, the more votes the left can depend on for an ever-expanding welfare state. — Thomas Sowell

When have handouts ever worked? In the United States, we learned that welfare for our own citizens not only turned into a debilitating crutch, it created a more or less permanent underclass. — Linda Chavez

A habit of labor in the people is as essential to the health and rigor of their minds and bodies as it is conducive to the welfare of the state. — Alexander Hamilton

Whether we want to own up to it or not, the welfare state has done what Jim Crow, gross discrimination and poverty could not have done. It has contributed to the breakdown of the black family structure and has helped establish a set of values alien to traditional values of high moral standards, hard work and achievement. — Walter E. Williams

My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare, leads me to ask who authorized them (the framers of the Constitution) to speak the language of 'We, the People,' instead of 'We, the States'? — Patrick Henry

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