This has been my experience, too. We spend tons of money on people with little "promise" of ever being contributing members of society. I find myself more disturbed about it with each passing year, probably a result of my own increasingly harder times. No one hands me anything, I work for what I have, I support my family, i pay my taxes (angrily, bitterly, cursing those who steal from me and other peasants) and my bills, and generally live within my small means.
Why, then, should taxpayers be burdened with huge expenditures on convicted criminals, the violently insane, the drug users and other non-compliants, etc? I guess we feel a Christian obligation to do so. I know Christians are to be merciful but we are also supposed to have some sense and be good stewards. Now maybe if we go get a fish with a gold coin in its mouth...:spin: