The popular idea that liberals care more about the poor than conservatives is not true, but that doesn't stop liberals from spreading this lie. It's common knowledge now that conservatives give more in time and money to charity for the poor than liberals, although some liberals have said it's to allay their guilt emanating from their war on the poor -- figure that one out. The irony is that with all the balbbering about liberal compassion for the poor, the liberal path is the worst course for those in poverty.
Charity shouldn't be political, and the war between the Church and the State over who cares more for the poor is not as interesting as libertarian proposals to end the welfare state and allow the private sector to deal with assistance to those in need. I've written about this many times, and I've given particular proposals how private assistance can succeed.
All of this goes to our ingrained ideas of top-down, centralized, government problem solution. Many on the Right can't imagine any charitable force but the Church, and most of the Left can't imagine any force but the State being able to deal with poverty and need. The welfare state is imploding in slow motion. It might pick up speed in its implosion if our economy doesn't turn around --the dependent poor will be, of course, the hardest hit. America should have started transitioning to private assistance decades ago. At one point, it might have been necessary for the State to provide a safety net, but it no longer makes any sense to put this responsibility on the State, especially if you believe in a limited government.
If we don't emliminate our statist system in DC, this all might be moot, because if the nation collapses financially, it'll make all solutions problematic. Once Americans see that a free market is necessary for America to thrive in the global economy, there will be more wealth created and more charity to go around. Once Americans put their minds and imagination to the problems of private assistance, retirement security and healthcare, the myriad private sector solutions that grow organically will make the welfare state appear as what it is -- a backward relic of the statist mindset.