Good highways and trains running on time are not evil.
What's wrong with sterilizing welfare recipients after their first child? I would force them to love and care for their offspring rather than look at them as how many numbers of checks they can force the Gibsmedat to write out.
You may think me cruel. Put yourself in the shoes of a child welfare SLAVE! What kind of outlook on life do they have? Momma created me for another 500 bucks a month?
Go on call me cruel.
Sterilization is maiming, in the literal dictionary sense: it's a destructive act intended to disable.
It is not wrong to spay a dog, or to neuter a cat, but that is because they are irrational creatures unable to control their sex instinct. This is not true of human beings, who have a mind and a will, and, in that respect, bear some trace of the image and likeness of God. It is a sacrilege and a barbarity to maim them, these fellow-creatures with human hearts and souls, and human responsibilities.
A better option might be to punish fornication and require just restitution of child-raising costs from the fly-by-night inseminators. Paying their debt to society --- hell, paying their debt to their own offspring --- might after all spark thoughts about the serious implications of paternity.
We could put them to work planting trees and building homes in the aftermath of our annual Western wildfires. Working in mines (bring back coal, for Pete's sake!) Building the Great Wall of TexMexia at our southern border.
There's plenty of work. There's meaning in working for your family: there's dignity in it. Moreso than chop-chop with the knife.