Okay, Star Trek People, you wanted a good dose of dangerous liberal thinking, you got it. I can see you on my site.
I guess your parents didn't tell you about this aspect of living in a society, but mine did; I was raised with a sense of responsibility for the poor. Government, I was taught, is not a perfect solution for creating equality between social classes, but it's the closest we've come. Turns out that the "free market" has a tendency to create a huge underclass, and no matter how hard those people work, their existence as an underclass is necessary to power the machine of capitalism. I'm sure you're deeply suspicious of anyone who mentions that word, but also secretly wondering, in your shrill goosestepping way, whether in some way I might just be correct in my assessment. Do you want the bleak post-welfare state you propose, where everyone is endangered, only an accident or a layoff away from living on the streets? Or would you rather live in a world where the elderly, the handicapped, people of all colors and creeds and credos can live to their potential because they are felt to be the responsibility of all?
Because someday you'll be old. And crippled. It's only a matter of time, if you're lucky and don't get hit by a bus. Oh wait! Soon there won't be buses. Why support public transportation? It doesn't make sense for oil companies, so why would the government subsidize such a boon for the poor?
It might be hard for you to follow the arguments of liberals, but you might want to check into Jefferson if you want to understand more about the 18th century Enlightenment ideals and philosophy that comprise the underpinnings of our country.