People supporting themselves, demonstrating self-reliance, and developing self-respect that terrible of a thing? I know when people break free from the teat of the Nanny State it gives great distress, because you're that much further from the realization of your socialist utopia.
Ok, then let's get rid of Social Security and force people either to save more or keep working longer. Seniors will gain that self-reliance and self-respect that they are lacking. That's a much, much bigger teat than welfare.