It's not against the law to worship a free market, compassionless, capitalist society or to pretend that charity is a reasonable substitute for social services. But it is backwards. And it's wrong to worship this fantasy and try to persuade others that it's tantamount to the Christian God written about in the Bible.
While news outlets don't just invent numbers on the budget, it would not be much of a change for the worse if they did. The news stories that we saw following the release of President Obama's budget followed the same practice we have seen in budget stories for decades. They threw very large numbers at readers that no one understands.
I know firsthand how important this type of assistance can be to families on the edge. In the 1970s, when I was a student trying to raise two boys as a single mother, I was on public assistance. I know I would not be where I am today as a member of Congress if it were not for the generosity that the American people.