I said yesterday:
The problem with welfare isn't welfare. The reason we have folks living off welfare and not working (to the extent that we do) is not because they're lazy. It's because--for many of them (and, again, this falls along color lines, gender lines, etc.)--there's not real opportunity to do much else.
The problem is a lack of opportunity. The market, friends, is not providing. State assistance + opportunity would probably be a better plan than state assistance - opportunity.