I am sympathetic to desires to help out the less fortunate - I have them myself. Even if I disagree with most pleas for state channeling of wealth from the wealthiest to the least wealthy, I can understand - in principle - many of the urges and basic understandings on that front. That doesn't translate into automatic sympathy for someone's personal ideas of what the government should or shouldn't do - most people who yammer about 'helping the poor' strike me as people who haven't thought through their own suggestions, and don't really care to. They think the mere fact that they are expressing concern about the poor (or, worse, "Social Justice") automatically makes their views not just morally right, but good practical ideas on top of it all.
So how do I tell the people who are concerned about the poor and are simply looking for ways to help them, who accept that their ideas may be bad or in need of revision, from the people who are just mindlessly yammering off this or that SJW/Political Party talking point?
I've come up with a fast and dirty way to generally tell the two apart: I just ask what the duties of the poor are. If I give a starving man 200 dollars, is that 200 dollars now his to spend and if he wants to go buy 180 bucks worth of booze, cigarettes and porn and 20 dollars worth of food, well, such is life? Or does that man have a duty to spend that 200 dollars properly? Does he have a duty to work if work is available and he's capable? Does he have a duty to abstain from drugs, from risky sex with strangers who he damn well may get pregnant?
The politically thoughtless usually can't even comprehend this question - the very idea of the poor having duties, any at all (beyond, perhaps, voting for their favorite political party) is alien to them, or a terrible thing to even talk about. Duty and responsibility is supposed to belong entirely to other people - these are victims, and victims have no duties or responsibilities!
And when I hear as much, I know I can stop taking the conversation seriously and go read a book or play a game or do some work instead of treat the whole thing as a real conversation for a second longer.