self-support

[self-suh-pawrt, -pohrt, self-]
noun
the supporting or maintaining of oneself or itself without reliance on outside aid.

Origin:
1760–70

self-supported, adjective
self-supportedness, noun
self-supporting, adjective
self-supportingly, adverb
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Our nation has to self-support, with economic activity robust enough to support taxes, and then benefits.
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