That is what our country was about at it's founding. Why didn't our founders have social programs back then if they believed in them?<quoted text>If you really do believe in individualism son, you shouldn't believe in America....
... or nations for that matter.
Before you say they didn't have the capabilities, certainly they did, in different ways.
Instead of food stamps, the federal government could have purchased food from farmers to give to the lazy.
Instead of HUD, the federal government could have paid workers to build log cabins for the lazy.
Instead of utility help, government could have purchased firewood to give to the lazy.
Instead of Cash for Clunkers, the founders could have implemented Cash for Carriages.
But they didn't, and do you know why? Because they didn't want to see an America like we have today. It's the cart theory: If everybody is pulling the cart, the cart flies down the street at high speeds. The more people who stop pulling the cart and instead, jump in the cart for the ride, the slower that cart goes. When half of more of the people pulling the cart decide to jump in, the cart stops, and that's where we are at today in the USA.
Half of our population pays income taxes. Half of our population lives partially or entirely off taxpayers. The cart has stopped.
"I cannot undertake, to lay my finger, on that article of the Constitution, that grants Congress the right of expending on articles of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
James Madison Annals of Congress, 1791
I guess old James didn't believe in America, huh?