Posted: 1/14/2012 8:52:00 AM
The best remedy to poverty is a good job. But that isn't always possible because people may lack qualifications or opportunities. Since poverty occurs naturally, government's unique duty is to intervene in failures of private sector. That is, income redistribution or stealing from the rich to give to poor.
From the Great Depression, welfare and other social safety nets evolved so that there would be less suffering. Besides, not helping people is unChristian. Modern society is better with welfare instead of without welfare.