The Welfare state is a perfect example of a feelings-based policy. It feels good to have the government take care of people and give free entitlements.
The problem is the Left judges their policies based on what their motives are and what actually happens.
When people are taken care of by the state, they make less of an effort to be independent and take care of themselves and others.
Even though the Left advocates that they are the more kind ones, they are produce the more selfish and narcissistic society. This is why there are riots and protests in Western Europe over receiving more vacation time. Western Europeans, because of the Welfare state, see work as a pain to be avoided. After all, they will be taken care of.
Moreover, their preoccupations become more narcissistic such as having more time to travel. That’s what’s left.