Fascinating post by Chris Dillow on the idea of distinguishing between the "deserving" and "undeserving" poor.
Here's his thesis:
I can see why libertarians might be opposed to all welfare spending on Randian or Nozickian grounds, but I find it hard to see why they think a welfare state should try to discriminate between deserving and undeserving.
Read the piece. He makes a very good case.
And, as always, Mark E. Smith is relevant here:
They take from the medium poor
give to the needy poor
Via the government poor
Give it to the poor poor
They're knocking on my door