In a city like New York, 0.5% of the people pay fully 50% of the taxes. Has New York become more equal? Not at all, it has become more unequal.
It’s not very difficult to understand. Relying on government programs to solve problems disempowers individuals. It tells lower and middle class citizens that they are victims and that their grievances can only be redressed by the intervention of powerful outside forces, like the government. This implies that they are not responsible for their condition and that they themselves cannot do anything to solve the problem.