Letter: Wipe out welfare programs to help nation and states thrive

For a long time now, I’ve believed that the federal government should kill all welfare programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and any program that isn’t paid for by payroll contributions to Social Security or Medicare. Doing so would eliminate further increases in the national debt.

The states would take up the burden, if they wished, to provide the unearned to the unworthy, taxing their citizens to cover the cost. The successful states would be the ones to have strict limits on who could apply, and the amounts of any benefits. The blue states would attract millions to their generous welfare schemes, bankrupting them rather quickly.

This may seem harsh to some but try to imagine the future 20 years on. We would be on a clear course to become, once again, the most prosperous country in the world. Atlas would have Shrugged.

— Bill Hutchison