Libertarians and the left find common ground on quite a lot of issues; however, when it comes to helping out the poor (something both sides want to do but disagree on policy) there is a definite split, as those on the left wish to use government programs to help those in need. The problem is that the government does not have any money of its own; therefore, it has to take it from individuals through taxation. Additionally, the government is just flat out horrible at fixing things, let alone a massive problem such as poverty.
Libertarians, on the other hand, wish to see a privatization of the welfare state. This does not mean the government contracting taxpayers' dollars out to private organizations, though; that simply isn't enough change. It means real privatization: letting individuals keep their money and decide for themselves how to use it and where to donate it. This is the way a free society works, rather than by stealing from some people and redistributing it to others. Of course, liberals say that this isn't possible; there is no way, they argue, that private individuals and organizations can take care of the nation's poor. But is this necessarily true?