Whenever someone refers to government-provided support as "handouts", I immediately lose respect for their argument - ESPECIALLY when they're referring to anything that's not welfare (unemployment, social security, medicare, public health insurance). All those things are programs we all pay into for years and years, and then we finally get something back from what we paid into. Welfare may be an actual handout in some people's cases, but you can only get welfare for so much time before it's taken away. Overall, it just seems rather ignorant to refer to these things as "handouts" or even worse, "free handouts".
Originally Posted by jsmak84