Most welfare is distributed by state govts in the US. Some of the necessary revenues for it are raised through state sales and income taxes. Other specific types are funded through our neofederal system. In any case, there are those who benefit most from welfare (responsible poor, who use it as a hand up, and the mega-wealthy who profit from it) and those who are effected most adversely by it (those caught in a cycle of dependency and the middle class who disproportionately fund the programs) there are of course a few categories in the middle, such as landlords who collect HUD checks, but in general, the broad generalities above hold true (and explain why the Libertarian party is not viable in our interest-group based "democracy") Is it now clear why those who support taxing the profiteers of welfare higher are marginalized in both parties. It's because we live in a Robertsian Plutocracy, and those megabucks spent on elections come from somewhere If we want to fix the problem, it takes citizen action. Promote candidates that insist that welfare programs be goal oriented and closed ended. insist that candidates support a constitutional amendment that clarifies the civil rights are meant for humans only, and that bribes for subsidies is no longer acceptable. Also it should be that those who got us into the debt through their conniving influence, and profited greatly at our expense, ought to bear the burden of digging the country out. It is truly the least we should ask!