they are depenndent because their is no alternative and some people ( as i already pointed out) are working full time but still require food assitance because they are not earning enough money to live. You want to help the poor then you need to increase the amount of skilled jobs and raise the min wage and then maybe when they are back on their feet you can look at cutting federal support. You can not simply just wean people off support because they actually need it to to survive. If you pull out that rug from underneath then you will have civil unrest on your hands that will make the LA riots look like a day at disney land.
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
Anyway, I may not have elaborated sufficiently. I want to point out that I only oppose federal assistance to the poor, as that is a police power reserved to the states. In my opinion, the people of each state are best suited to figure out how to support their indigent. I certainly don't advocate that people do nothing to help the indigent. I simply don't believe that the federal government is the best tool for the job.