Federally funded government US welfare began in the 1930's during the Great Depression. The US government responded to the overwhelming number of families and individuals in need of aid by creating a welfare program that would give assistance to those who had little or no income. Now welfare has grown to costs the government around 1 trillion annually and has become a system that is overused and abused by many people.
Welfare takes money from people who work hard to earn it and gives it to the people of America who are lazy and don’t want to get a job or work. I worked hard for my money so I should be able to keep it not hand it out to less deserving people mentality.
The system creates a feeling of dependence and a lack of ambition. With no incentive to work why would a person want to come off welfare and stop receiving free benefits.
It is not all the recipients fault either the government is at fault to because of the lack of oversight and regulation on the program itself. These people sometimes don’t need it or abuse the use of it.
Helping out the less fortunate is okay and there is nothing wrong with that but at some point there has to be a line drawn.
Only 43% of people on welfare are considered poor
56% of people stay on it for more than 5 years
We don’t have to end it completely just change the way the system goes about it so it is not a free handout.
Change it to a job based system where people can exchange work for welfare benefits. 83% of people in recent polls say that people prefer work requirements for welfare.
Or recipients could be required to pass a drug screen to make sure they aren’t using the money for wrong things.
In 1996 new welfare reforms were put into play and the total number of welfare recipients declined by 63%. Child poverty also fell because of the lack of dependence on the welfare program.