There is a weird stigma attached to receiving public benefits, like SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and housing assistance. Yet there is zero stigma, even pride, in “working the system” to pay less in taxes. Since these benefits help people on the opposite ends of the wealth spectrum, there’s a disconnect in what these things really are. Tax cuts and public benefits are both the government giving people money. They are the same. The only difference is that public benefits come with a lot more strings attached and hoops to jump through.
When someone says that people over a certain income level should get tax cuts, and to pay for them, we should cut welfare programs, they are basically saying that a rich person deserves another fancy car, while a low-income person doesn’t deserve to eat. And that’s why fiscal conservatism is bullshit. Trickle-down economics is bullshit. When given tax breaks, rich people do not create more jobs or put that money into the economy; they keep it. So, we need to start thinking of tax cuts as handouts to people who don’t need them, which they are. End rant.