FYI, here are some sweet factoids about social welfare in America:
Social Welfare Developments in the 1700s - Social Welfare History Project
Before America even existed, Benjamin Franklin helped found the Pennsylvania Hospital:
It was free of charge, of course, funded by the donations of citizens from the great city of the state. That being said, probably the most famous founding father in history created a hospital that was free of charge. In fact, according to Penn Medicine:The Pennsylvania Hospital is founded in 1751 by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin “…to care for the sick-poor and insane who were wandering the streets of Philadelphia.”
Pennsylvania Hospital History: Historical Timeline - Benjamin Franklin
And more:With Franklin's talent for popularizing an idea, funds were obtained from both the Pennsylvania legislature and private citizens in 1751
Benjamin Franklin | The Philanthropy Hall of Fame | The Philanthropy Roundtable
Holy ****, what a socialist!!!While raising funds for the Pennsylvania Hospital, Franklin approached the colonial legislature to propose that once the hospital had raised £2,000 in private contributions, the colonial government should contribute another £2,000 to the effort. “Every man’s donation would be doubled,” Franklin later wrote. “The subscriptions accordingly soon exceeded the requisite sum.”
More from the Social Welfare site:
In 1789, the government decided to give aid to veterans:
More free money to people in need? Crazy!!!!!!!! And more:The Federal Government accepts the responsibility of providing pensions to disabled veterans of the Revolutionary War.
In 1795, Thomas Mother****ing Paine thought socialism was pretty tight:
Honestly, Conservative, you might want to move, because clearly the Founders just weren't what you thought. It's all been a lie!Thomas Paine published his pamphlet Agrarian Justice, in which he proposed a social welfare insurance program for the nations of Europe and potentially for the young American Republic.
Should I keep digging? Do we want to learn about other founding fathers, and the steps they took for the social well-being of our nation?