directly contradicts this
now, your second paragraph is utterly incorrect. 6 out of 10 households in the US recieve more in benefits than they pay in taxes. transfer payments are the largest percentage of our national income since the Great Depression. more people are on food stamps now than at any point in history. we have entire generations raised on the welfare state who immediately go on... the welfare state. entire industries have sprung up around taking advantage of the entitlement mindset present in our society today. if we don't exendlessly expand unemployment to continue to subsidize former middle managers lounging around waiting for another middle management job to open up, for some reason, we are told the world will end. we are rapidly reaching the tipping point where all we will have is a democratic thugocracy - where the majority of takers seize the property of the minority of makers and claim proudly that it is their "right". almost half of our populace doesn't pay income taxes (but does receve tax credits and benefits) and almost half of our populace then turns around and tells pollsters that their taxes are "about right". Rather than paying for the governance they consume, they are the takers, and they think that they are receiving what is about right? not in any danger of weakening our work ethic? we are raising up into the workforce now what is - the social scientists tell us - the most narcissistic generation in our history, fully bought-in members of the society where everyone deserves a trophy just for showing up who expect to recreate their parents lifestyle not by hard work and saving over a long period of time, but within about 5 years. fully 45% of our population is demonstrating the evidence of a weakened work ethic.That's not a serious risk in American society, as opposed to the risks of not having welfare. Put simply, a civilization can't make significant material advancements without welfare; if poverty spirals out of control for a few years then it will diminish supply and demand (and therefore technological refinement) for a much longer period of time.
I'm not say welfare doesn't have both present and theoretical dangers, but the dilution of America's work ethic isn't one of them.