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SUBSIDY, Eng. law. An aid, tax or tribute granted by parliament to the king for the urgent occasions of the kingdom, to be levied on every subject of ability, according to the value of his lands or goods. Jacob's Law. Dict. h.t.
     2. The assistance given in money by one nation to another to enable it the better to carry on a war, when such nation does not join directly in the war, is called a subsidy. Vattel, liv. 3, Sec. 82. See Neutrality.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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His thesis: Welfare is bad because it subsidizes bad habits and attitudes.
Welfare is bad, he argued, because it subsidizes illegitimacy, which he tied to crime and other antisocial behavior prevalent in fatherless, low income families.
And now we have The Bell Curve, with an even newer Murray thesis: Welfare is bad because it subsidizes the breeding of stupid people.