This is a very common way to frame criticism of “welfare” programs, and even things like a public insurance option that most people who get it would pay for like regular insurance. People criticize these programs by saying that they “steal” your money through taxes and give it away to other people, ie wealth redistribution.
But there are a few problems with this logic.
The first is that there is no government program that isn’t paid for with taxes from everyone which doesn’t disproportionately help some segment of the population. The justice system, police, courts, prisons etc disproportionately help people who are the victims of a crime. The fire department disproportionately helps people whose houses catch on fire. If some country invades Florida tomorrow our defense dollars will disproportionately help Floridians, etc. I don’t see how this is any different than something like food stamps disproportionately helping people who don’t have any food.
The second problem with this thinking is that “wealth redistribution” seems to imply that somehow the wealthy are becoming poor and the poor are becoming wealthy under this system, which is certainly not the case. If we were taking away rich peoples’ mansions and turning them into flop houses for the poor I would understand their outrage, but a penny of sales tax to make sure there aren’t people starving in the street?
And finally, my favorite way that this nonsense breaks down, is that if someone loses their job or something and has no money for food and they ask for a hand out the government can a) give them a few hundred bucks so they don’t get too desperate and can buy food for themselves and whatever family they have. Or b) disregard the request and in at least some cases make that person resort to theft to feed their family. When that happens oh boy does it get expensive for you. If they get caught then YOU have to pony up the dough for a trial, a public defender, prosecutor, judge, prison, guards and all the little expenses in between like office supplies used, gas usage and so on. A simple crime can cost many thousands of dollars to process and prosecute, and a major crime like robbery can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars with appeals, encarceration etc. At this point you may think “well what if they don’t get caught, what if they just steal a little food from the grocery store and no one notices?” Well then the store’s expenses go up and they have to raise their prices a few cents and you end up having to pay what you should’ve just been willing to part with in the first place to make sure that poor shmuck’s family wasn’t going hungry to begin with!
Society always pays for poverty regardless whether it has it in it’s heart or it’s head to try to address the problem.
Rec’ this if it makes sense to you.