The GP, if he/she is like every single other Libertarian I've discussed this with, is convinced that poor people are poor because they don't work hard, and government assistance programs are literally stealing from the wealthy to "fund the whims" of the poor, who are poor due to their laziness. These people believe that taxing the rich to assist the poor will just make the poor more lazy as they don't have to work hard anymore, and is therefore counterproductive. They also believe that taking money from the rich to give services to the poor is counterproductive because of the the point in my previous sentence, but also because the rich can put that money to better use (hiring people for example, or investing). In my experience the opposite is true. The poor tend to spend their money on necessities at the most competitive prices possible, directly injecting the money into the economy in a very capitalistic way, whereas the rich tend to save the money (not spend it) or spend it on $5000 watches, $80,000 foreign SUVs, traveling around the world throwing the money away, etc...conspicuous consumption which is not healthy for the economy.