Well said, Shirley. Your view is “responsibility” and I support that!
I like the idea of requiring a “hand up” to go along with the “hand out.” Imagine all the good works that might be accomplished with that practice!
The goal is to help people lift themselves up out of difficult circumstances and provide good lessons to their children at the same time, not rely on the government programs. Afterall, those programs may or may not be there in the future the way things are going. I can’t think of anything truly more compassionate.