Generally speaking, conservatives are opposed to the welfare state in its current form. Sadly, progressives are also opposed to it for different reason. Conservatives want the system to be fixed in a way that takes people off the system and allows them to support themselves, while progressives believe more people need to be cared for by the state.
It’s a matter of common sense versus vote-buying. Yes, the progressive perspective on the welfare state is pushed by politicians because they know it will get them votes. Their followers may truly believe there’s a need to advance our social safety nets to protect people, but few politicians believe this. They see the statistics. They understand the situations. They know what they’re doing.
In this video from Blue Collar Logic, they take a sober look at the challenge of social safety nets.
“We need for the Democrats to stop with the encouragement of victim thinking. We need them to stop sabotaging people with the idea that Republicans hate them and want the worse from them, and will only exploit them in the name of greed should they reach for their American dream.”
The reality is this: Most conservatives want to help those who are truly in need and see reduction of welfare as a measure of success. Progressives want to help anyone who will become beholden to Democrats and see increased welfare as a winning formula.