Suppose we had a social program motif under which an able bodied adult who received aid had to repay that aid in some fashion? Not the children, and not the elderly or infirm, just able-bodied adults. I have in mind something very low level, so their ability to function economically would not be impaired -- like a repayment that did not exceed a certain percent of income, etc. And just FYI, benefits that flow from employment -- worker's comp, disability and unemployment insurance pay outs -- are not the sort of social program I would consider. IMO, you "buy" these sorts of insurance and shouldn't be penalized if you eventually have a claim. I'm thinking more of food stamps, Section 8 housing subsidies, subsidized child care, Medicaid, etc. Let's say you grew up middle class, started a family and hit a snag in your early thirties, costing your fellow citizens $10,000 to get you and your children back on your feet. If we did this, would people feel less resentment about the social programs we have? Would there be less waste? Or would it just be pointless window dressing IYO?