Also, poor people do pay taxes, at least 7% of their income goes to taxes. Everyone pays taxes.
Welfare is federal aid to those that qualify, but less than half the families who qualify are given aid, even though our poverty stricken populations are increasing.
People who are below the poverty line are not riding free; they do not want to be there, and most people are on TANF for VERY short time periods. People end up there because of life events: divorce, job loss/unemployment, illness, etc.
The federal government gives more money to the rich than the poor ($7-13 billion/year); it would take 50 years to equal that money in welfare.