The founders required peoperty ownership as a condition of citizenship. If government dependents were ineligible to vote with exceptions for military retirees the electorate would be immensely different. In fact, if government were not in the compassion business we would not look the same. Until that can occur we will not be able to be a constitutional government.
The federal government has no business providing welfare, food stamps, educational loans, education, health care or a myriad of other entitlement programs. They are each and every one strictly unconstitutional in that they conflict with the limited powers of federal government. States may provide such services. The federal government may not legally do so.