I am pro-helping out the poor. However I believe that welfare according to the Bible is the work of religion and not government. I believe in a separation of Church and State and the State needs to get out of the business of religion.
When the State does welfare it is wasteful, and there is no accountability. There was a TED talk on NPR on this few months ago about problems of State aid to Africa. However, when religion does welfare it also teaches and expects morality which is often at the root cause of most poverty.