What if you could live better on welfare than you could if you worked 8 hours a day, 7 days a week??
What if you worked 8 hours a day, 7 days a week and STILL qualified for welfare based on income?
Unfortunately, in some areas, you can work your tail off, make minimum wage and still be on welfare. For instance, my area is considered a seasonal tourist town. The cost of living here is very high because the developers are trying to draw more rich tourists into town. The city government, while approving building permits for multimillion dollar condos and apartment complexes, ignores requests for affordable housing. The result is an ever widening gap between upper and lower classes and the merging of the middle, lower-middle, and lower class into one class. The cost of rent, utilities, etc is so high here that half the people who work minimum wage jobs are still on welfare. So, many quit their jobs simply because they get welfare anyway.
It's particularly hard on the lower-middle class, here. They make just slightly too much money to get welfare. They look around at the people who are job-less, getting welfare, and living better than they are and wonder why they're working so hard.
Not all people on welfare have "given up" or are as worthless as you are insinuating.