The real problem is everywhere. Hell, we the people carry much of the responsibility because, as a collective, we're ignorant and oblivious to the fact that we can't keep going like this, and that we'll be forced to take a more Darwinian stance on fiscal issues to ensure our continued existence. It's not "humane" to admit that some eggs will be lost when making the American omelet, but we don't want to hear it.
Social welfare is a genie in a bottle. Once opened, she doesn't want to get forced back in. You have people abusing the dole for so long that they'll fight tooth and nail when you want to curb back, even if it's for the greater good.
As some wise men said - a government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.