Out of the pages of the Atlantic comes this article pulling together some recent research and they come to the (not at all surprising) conclusion that having a social safety net improves the entrepreneurial spirit.
The only people this would come as a surprise to would be wingnuts who have the "I got it and I aint sharing" bug. To anyone who thinks about it for more than a few seconds, a strong safety net means that failure is not catastrophic. If you know you will not be utterly destroyed if something goes wrong, you are more willing and able to take risks.
The right fights against programs that are not expenditures, they are investments. From food stamps to CHIP to welfare, these programs mean not only that the poorest of our nation suffer less, but also that those willing to risk trying do not have to risk it all if they fail.