Ron Paul called it 4 years ago! He call's for transition from a social welfare state...based on common sense. Let the record show, before the US debt crisis was popular, he talked about it candidly.
His message last run is as relevant as ever, check this out:
In this Oct 6th video, he cites his previous statements (see first video).
His comments in this last video echo my comments about increasing taxes/handouts hurting the poor: the opposite impact intended.