I appreciate social programs as long as they’re social and voluntary. But I oppose all government “benefits”, because I recognize that all the “benefits” a government provides to its citizens are really incomes extorted from one half of the citizens, in order to ameliorate the other half of the citizens.
Jobless benefits, entitlements as they are, are really the 2010 equivalent of “Let them eat cake!” It’s not enough to really live on, but it’s enough to survive by.
And the longer you go on surviving the more likely it is that you forget what it’s like to live. You change, you adapt, and complacency sets in. The security of pitiful survival is adequate enough to, in accordance with the laws of thermodynamics, keep resting objects at rest.
Which really means: to keep the slaves enslaved.